In an activity based on the Living Images strategy, students work in groups to recreate historical photographs by performing a series of “freeze frames” that capture the moments depicted in the photos. Such an activity helps students develop a deeper understanding of a particular moment in history, while providing them with an opportunity to practice collaborating with their peers as they brainstorm, direct, and perform their scenes.
1. Review each picture, one by one, and answer the following questions:
2. After answering these questions for each picture, create a “living image” for each one. A “living image” recreates the scene from the picture in real life. Think of yourselves as actors who are supposed to assume the physical positions, gestures, and facial expressions of the figures in the photograph. Each image should have a “director” who helps to coordinate the scene. The picture should be a “freeze frame,” where actors hold their position for at least ten seconds.
3.Once you have created your living images, decide in which order you would like to display them. Then work on transitioning from one image to the next so that your group can present these pictures seamlessly to the larger class.
Adapt these directions to fit your own classroom needs. To help groups work more independently through these steps, you may want to have them assign roles.