"Our Lives, Our Words" helps students make real-life connections to the subjects they are learning and writing about through the use of digital cameras. Students use digital photography to illustrate stories, poems, and other activities. This program was designed to help Elementary English Language Learners (ELLs) improve their writing scores on the yearly WIDA ACCESS test.


  • Arts > General
  • Arts > Photography
  • Education > General
  • Education > Multicultural Education
  • Educational Technology > General
  • Educational Technology > Integrating Technology into the Classroom
  • Educational Technology > Using Multimedia & the Internet
  • Language Arts > General
  • Language Arts > Story Telling
  • Language Arts > Writing

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • K


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Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 2.8, as of 2016-02-29.

Component Ratings:

Standards Alignment: 3
Subject Matter: 3
Support Steaching: 3
Assessments Quality: 3
Instructional Quality: 2
Deeper Learning: 3

Reviewer Comments:

Standards Alignment: These comprehensive resources are designed for students in grades one through grades four. Originally designed for English Language Learners, they provide age appropriate materials for all.
Subject Matter: Using digital photography and writing to explain subject matter, the subjects include, \"me,\" community, perimeter and character traits, experimenting with sediment and food in the Chesapeake Bay.
Assessments Quality: The rubrics provided are excellent. There are teacher versions, student friendly versions and pictorial versions for young children.
Interactivity Quality: While students use technology for digital photography and writing, it is not interactive.
Instructional Quality: Students take pictures around their world and write about them. These are the foundational skills and procedures that become routine.
Joshua Marks
Great collection

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