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Lesson 2: Interpreting photographs, comparing cultural and physical aspects of countries

Objective: To learn how to interpret photographs and search for common and opposite cultural and physical aspects of countries; to create a worthwhile set of values for a rubric.


  1. Use this site to help students locate the addresses of United Nations contacts and various national consulates and embassies. (See Social Studies.)
  2. Have students write (e-mail or snail mail) for promotional materials about different countries.
  3. When the materials arrive, have students cut out pictures for each country and develop a collage on each nation (without names or words). Obvious tourist sites such as Stonehenge are not allowed.
  4. Have students assess each collage and deduce the name of the country. Students must list their reasons and keep track of their critical thinking patterns.
  5. Students must draw conclusions as to similarities and differences between countries. In the end, they should have about 30 collages and a rubric to help them catalog each country's attributes.
  6. Finally, students select photographs from each collage to produce a new collage for an "ideal" country. They must justify their decisions.