Steps in creating a photo story:
- Select a Topic: The learner and tutor can decide together
on what to take photographs of. Photo stories are most effective when they
document an aspect of a learner’s everyday life. Topics can be the
workplace, hobbies, family, and so on.
- Take Photographs: The tutor can take photographs of the
learner engaged in one of his regular routines. Each aspect of that routine
should be documented with a single photograph. Pictures with action in them
are usually easier to describe. A Polaroid or digital camera, if available,
can speed up the process, in comparison to having pictures developed.
- Sort Photographs: Once developed, the pictures can be
sorted and placed into the correct order. The best photographs can be chosen.
Only 8-12 pictures should be used, so that they can be easily displayed.
- Develop Text: The learner and tutor can work together
to develop text for each picture. Alternatively, a descriptive paragraph
or two can be written.
- Create a Display: The pictures can be arranged and pasted
on a piece of cardboard or heavy coloured paper. The text, including a title,
can then be written on the display, using coloured markers. The photo story
can otherwise be put in book form, by pasting it in a scrapbook or placing
it in a photo album.
A good example of a photo story is:
and Angele Hubert. The Challenges of Literacy and Employment. With
Facilitator’s Notes by Susan Devins and Maureen Sanders. Edmonton,
AB: PROSPECTS Literacy Association, 1995. [http://www.nald.ca/clr/challeng/cover.htm]
It was written by students and focuses on the experiences of two adult literacy
students with intellectual disabilities, who work as sorters at the Edmonton