February 14, 2013 / Photography

Use the One Week to Better Photography lesson plan

Written by Elizabeth Braden, CJE

Images can inform, enlighten, delight and make our world a better place. Anyone can press the shutter button on a camera. But skill is required to shoot photos that tell the story of the year at your school.

This One Week to Better Photography set provides a week of lessons and exercises to help you teach your students the basics of photography and get them quickly taking good photos. After that, they will understand that the camera is an instrument, and it takes thinking and practice to take great photos.

Here are the five lessons and exercises, plus the glossary:

9 Responses to “Use the One Week to Better Photography lesson plan”

February 04, 2015 at 5:37 am, Ms P said:

Hi Ms. Braden!
I am a high school teacher and I was just given the assignment to teach digital photography and I love your lessons. Is it ok to use your lessons? Thanks for your earliest response,


February 22, 2015 at 5:48 pm, Pat Slesinski said:

Hi there. I just came across your resourceful web site. I am about to introduce some 3rd graders to Ansel Adams. They will learn about his background w their hr teacher. I will embark on teaching the creative piece in art class. We are going explore b&w photography in nature using digital media. Any advice would appreciated and welcomed. I plan to keep it simple for this level. The subject, composition, contrast and texture and response(critique). Is it ok if I use your plans as a reference guide? Thank you for your website. Pat Slesinski


March 13, 2015 at 8:13 am, Susie Suchodolski said:

Your lesson plans look great. I am a Middle School Teacher in VA. Is it okay if I use your lesson plans and share with my fellow teachers?
Thank you.


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Elizabeth Braden, CJE

Elizabeth Braden, CJE, is the former editor of Idea File magazine. Before retiring, she was a copywriter for Walsworth Yearbooks for more than 15 years, writing articles for various marketing materials, and proofreading copy for the Yearbook and Commercial divisions. Her career included reporting and editing for United Press International and editing for Knight-Ridder Financial News. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Media News from the University of Tulsa.