Dorothea Lange Competition

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 20 September 2018 > Pedagogy

We've drawn inspiration from Dorothea Lange's evocative photographs, soon to be on show in Paris, to invent a creative-writing competition for your B1-B2-level pupils.

The “Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing” exhibition to be held at the Jeu de Paume museum in Paris (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019) encompasses Lange’s major works including the iconic “Migrant Mother” and well known documentary photographs taken during the Great Depression for the Farm Security Administration.

We have a B1-B2-level Ready-to-Use Resource about Lange and her work to introduce the topic to your classes and help them participate in a writing competition.

We would like pupils to write an imaginative piece inspired by one of Lange's photographs. It's a creative writing assignment, not a request for a description or a report on Lange. The idea is to imagine what is happening in the image (or what happened before or after) for example. If there are a people in the image, what are they thinking? Or pupils can put themselves in the place of someone (the photographer or someone else) observing the scene.

We will choose our ten favourite texts, and publish them on Speakeasy News.

This competition is open to pupils at B1 and B2 levels. Entries can be individual or group efforts. The texts must be in English and approximately 200 words long.

If you are having a whole class or classes participate, it would be very helpful if you could send the entries collected by class, by post or e-mail.

Each entry should state the title of the photograph which inspired the text, and have the pupil/pupils' name(s), age(s) and class level, teacher's name and school address.

Entries must reach us by Monday 12 November 2018.

Send entries to:
Speakeasy News Dorothea Lange Competition
25 av. Pierre de Coubertin
75211 Paris Cedex 13

or by e-mail to:
(If you send an e-mail, please send .doc, .docx or .pdf documents ONLY.)



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