A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

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In this lesson students will explore the power of images. Beginning with the hook exercise students will begin to understand the role that confirmation bias, stereotyping, and other cognitive biases play in how we interpret events, news, and information.

Then using questions based on visual thinking strategies students will be asked to analyze and reflect on paired images from Pittsburgh artist Emmai Alaquiva’s OpticVoices.

Finally, students will be asked to consider their role and to create an action plan around counteracting hate, racism, and antisemitism on a local level.


Suggested Technology: Computer for Presenter, Projector, Speakers/Headphones.

Instructional Time: 2 hours.


  • Ateret Cope
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The following lesson plan was written as part of Classrooms Without Borders' Call for Lesson Plans about antisemitism and hate, in commemoration of the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

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