America from the Great Depression to World War II: Black and White Photographs from the FSA and OWI, ca. 1935-1945
Arts & Humanities
Students can write short stories based on photographs with extensive and detailed captions. The caption of this photograph describes the plight of an Arkansas family that was refused entrance into California until they could prove they were not indigents. They went all the way back to Arkansas to borrow the fifty dollars that finally enabled them to enter the state. A discussion about how a photograph can be like a story with plot, setting, and characters may provide a foundation for this project as well as for looking at photographs.