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Mrs. Most's Social Protest Project

Project Specific Resources
Title Slides
Zamzar File Conversion

Planning Resources | Creating a Photo Essay | Guide to Teaching Visual Rhetoric| Lesson on Visual Elements of Photo Essays

Additional Resources | Images | Audio | Citing Sources | Photo Story

Protest Links on the Web | Mrs. Torrise's Protest Links | Diigo Popular Protest Links

Media | What is a Movement? | Why Time Chose 'The Protester' | 2011 Is The Year of Protest

Photo Essay Examples | Jan Sochor, Hunger and Rage |PhotoPhilanthropy |Time Photos

The Grapes of Wrath and Social Protest
Submitted by Jane Most

A social protest piece awakens a reader’s/viewer’s awareness to an issue the author or artist deems worthy of attention. Effective social protest does not stop there. The author moves us to action by presenting very real characters facing authentic life situations, motivating us to change.

Consider the protests we have seen so far this year. Barbara Kingsolver highlighted the exploitation of Africa, and specifically the Congo, in her historical fiction, The Poisonwood Bible. Social protest emanated from the lines of Alan Paton’s Cry, the Beloved Country as we saw the damages of racism and apartheid in South Africa. Now, we see John Steinbeck documenting some harrowing truths about the treatment of migrant workers in the U.S. during the 1930’s in The Grapes of Wrath. We saw the inspiration for this novel in Horace Bristol’s photo essay Steinbeck’s captions accompanied in LIFE Magazine.

As we continue to read Steinbeck’s Grapes, it is only natural to make connections to the Great Depression and the economic turmoil our country is facing today. What changes are we seeing in our every day lives that will go down in history to mark these times? What will social protesters write about in response to our current economic state?

Your Job:

What aspect of our society today do YOU deem worthy of not only attention, but also ACTION? What is worth your protest? You are to present a photo essay as a social protest piece. Requirements include TEN pictures and captions. Captions must include at least TEN facts you have researched about this topic. You will need to load the pictures into either a power point presentation, or you may use PhotoStory (free download). You may download pictures or take pictures of your own. You should also include thematically appropriate music to accompany your presentation.

A complete bibliography is required including sources for all downloaded pictures, music, quotes and information.

We will have some time in the Media Center and computer lab to work on this project, but you must also plan on spending some time on your own to complete it.

Due Date:

A message from Mrs. Torrise: Your captions and Works Cited will most likely need to be typed on a slide w/o a picture. Because Photo Story does not give you the option to add a blank slide you, you will have to create the slides outside of Photo Story and import them as a regular picture file. You can do this in two ways. See Photo Story wiki page section > Inserting Power Point Slides for more details.