It’s All About Framing!


This is a lesson plan provided by the National Library of Israel.

We love to marvel at a work of art or celebrate a great achievement, but how many of us stop to take a closer look at all the details that a painting or photograph is composed of? When we “zoom in” it gives us an opportunity to appreciate a portrait or picture in a different way. Why do artists, photographers choose to include specific elements in their work? How does the specific historical context impact the choices artists make in their work, and how do our own backgrounds and time period in which we live affect how we view it?  A variety of activities, such as a  “zoom in, zoom out” memory game and a writing exercise in which students write to the creator of one of the primary sources, engages learners in focusing on the many details we often miss when looking at artistic compositions..

The learner will:

  1. understand how details in visual images play key roles in conveying a story or message
  2. know more about life in Israel by taking a closer look at some visual images of Israel’s cultural life.

be able to notice and identify a small detail which is part of a larger whole

About the National Library and its educational materials:

The mission of the National Library of Israel is to provide a home for items of national, historic or cultural significance. Each of these primary sources serve as unique entry points into the collective memory of the people of Israel as well as the Jewish people worldwide.

The education department at the library curates the collection of primary sources and uses them as windows into the past; to foster a deeper understanding of Jewish history, and to enable learners to personalize and connect to earlier events.


When you click on the National Library of Israel resource link featured above, you will find the following educational building blocks for the creation of a lesson plan:


  1. A group activity to open the lesson and engage the learners.
  2. Discussion ideas and/or questions that are designed to get the learners thinking more deeply about the content.
  3. A creative activity that gives students the opportunity to go beyond learning and analyzing, to crafting something new, that personalizes how they relate to the  primary sources featured in the resource.
  4. The primary sources in this resource have individual links (listed in Expand your horizons below) that provide expanded information. In addition there are nuanced discussion questions that will enable students in small groups to engage independently and effectively in the process of  observing, interpreting, and connecting to the primary sources.

Link to the lesson plan:
Lesson Plan : It’s All About Framing!


Student handouts, computer, projector

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