Portraits of Strength

29 Mar

I stumbled upon this amazing series of photographs while looking for related texts for AOS Discovery to include in an unseen texts activity.  The photographs and blurbs that accompany them were so compelling that I could not help but brainstorm ways of using these in the classroom.

AOS Discovery (Year 12)

These images and the accompanying text can be used to explore the ways in which audiences are invited to make discoveries about people and communities. Students could, for example, explore the ways in which the framing and composition of the images help us to understand/discover the key characteristics of these women.  They could also then explore how language is used to tease out/explain those discoveries further.

For other AOS Discovery related text ideas click here.

Distinctively Visual (Standard, Year 12)

The photographs are particularly evocative of strength and culture.  This, coupled with the accessible language of the accompanying text, makes this a choice worth considering for a Standard English class.  This text lends itself particularly well to comparison with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; both texts explore gender, power and the way these concepts intersect with culture.

For other Distinctively Visual resources click here and here.

AOS Belonging  (Year 11)

The photographs indicate the significance of an individual to the photographer, while the text expands upon that connection and the connection (or disconnection) experienced by the photographic subject in relation to her community.

For other AOS Belonging related text ideas click here and here.

A unit on gender representation (Year 9 or 10)

I have long wanted to run a unit on the representation of women in literature and images.  I would be interested, for example, to show these images which celebrate women alongside texts which denigrate them, thus flagging the different attitudes towards women.  I would also be interested in looking at the language and having a discussion about the ways women are described and characterised.  In this article, for example, women are described as strong.  Students could then explore what this means and whether this term has different connotations when describing men.

For other resources on gender click herehere and here.


One Response to “Portraits of Strength”


  1. Related text: ‘A search for one boy’ | Once uPUN a time... - March 30, 2015

    […]  Like most articles in National Geographic, this one includes both words and pictures.  Much like the article I found yesterday, it is also suitable as a related text for Area of Studies in Years 11 and […]


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