In your PJ folder in your Google Drive, add a new folder called “RULE OF THIRDS ASSIGNMENT” — inside that folder, you will upload nine photos: each pair has a non-example, example, and edited example.

  • RO3 Example EDIT 1
  • RO3 Example 1
  • RO3 NonExample 1
  • RO3 Example EDIT 2
  • RO3 Example 2
  • RO3 NonExample 2
  • RO3 Example EDIT 3
  • RO3 Example 3
  • RO3 NonExample 3


The assignment name is RULE-OF-THIRDS ASSIGNMENT, so your document should be saved as:firstname lastname R03

For each photograph, provide a 200-300 word description about that answers the following questions (answer in complete, thoughtful sentences):

  • What example of layering is your photograph? What are the elements in your photograph? What layers are the elements located in? Be specific.
  • What is your dominant element? Where does your dominant element fall on the Rule-of-Thirds grid?
  • What do you like about your photograph?
  • What is the meaning behind your photograph? What kind of thought did you put into composing your photograph? In what way do you think you could have improved your photograph?

LAYERS: How the elements in a photo are arranged in the foreground, middle ground, and background.

Take four photos that you will examine the layers of. TWO EXAMPLES OF MINIMUM LAYERING AND TWO EXAMPLES OF MAXIMUM LAYERING. Copy these photos into a word document. For each photo, answer the following:

  • What are the elements in the photo?
  • What elements are located in the foreground, middleground, and background?
  • Explain how your photograph is an example of minimum or maximum layering.
  • Explain your emotional or intellectual reaction or response to the photograph and its use of layering. What could you have improved on? What meaning did you place or find in your photograph? What were you trying to show through your photograph.

In your PJ folder in your Google Drive, add a new folder called “Layering Assignment” — inside that folder, you will upload eight photos: your four “before” photos and your four “after photos.”

The assignment name is LAYERS ASSIGNMENT, so your document should be saved as: firstlastname.classperiodnumber.layersassignment

Layers Assignment Example


Your assignment is to write out three love poems. 

  1. One poem will be to an object, but it needs to be a surprise at the end that the poem was about an object all along.
  2. One poem will be to a person. It can be a romantic partner, or a family member, or someone who is special to you.
  3. The last poem will be to yourself.

Your poem must be ten lines long, and must follow a rhyme scheme of your choice. The rhyme scheme can be (a, b, a, b), it can be (a, a, b, b), or it can be any other scheme you can think of.

Happy Writing!!

  1. There’s a guy sitting on a park bench reading a newspaper…
  2. The most beautiful smile I ever saw…
  3. Your main character wakes up and it’s a perfectly normal day. However, when he or she calls their significant other, they discover their name is not in their phone. They soon discover that their loved one no longer exists. Everyone seems to think this person is crazy since they have absolutely no idea who this loved one is. What happens next?
  4. Write a story about a past love calling you out of the blue. You have no idea why this person is contacting you. You both have moved on and maybe you haven’t thought about him or her in years. This past love is telling you they have a secret to share with you. What happens next?
  5. Write a story in the format of love letters.


If you do not feel connected to any of the above prompts, you can do the following: think of a famous love story (either a book or movie) that you know of, and give it a different ending. You may use the same characters, introduce new ones, or change whatever plot points you want to.




Think of haiku as the original Twitter. It’s traditional Japanese poetry that incorporates:

  • 3 lines of 5/7/5 syllables
  • focuses on simplicity, intensity, nature, and directness of expression


And I will love you,
deeper than the darkness you
hide behind your eyes.

When pens touch paper,
and our ink mingles on the sheet,
that’s when we will meet

Oh, but the flowers
Don’t reach up to feed, they point
To show us the sky

Will we meet again
Here at your flowering grave –
Two white butterflies?

Shoelaces untied
become a tripping hazard.
Hope she falls for me.

Autumn leaves fall as
crystal shards of golden light.
A welcome embrace.

This is a haiku
You could write a better one –
Go ahead and try.

Photo Story: Excellent

Photo Story: Good

Photo Story: Needs Improvement 

Photo Story: Unacceptable

Look at the photo stories above, and reflect on the following questions in your journal:

1. What were your initial reactions to the photo stories? What emotions or thoughts did you feel or think while looking at the photos?

2. Look through the photos really quickly again. Which one stood out to you the most, and why? Why is that photo important to the overall story the photographer is trying to tell?

3. Which photo was the least effective photo? How do you think that the photographer could have improved this story?

4. From a technical perspective, how well do you think the photographer did in telling this story? Why do you think the photographer felt the need to tell this story to our society?





Next-five-shots exercise based off this photo. The idea is to take a photograph and make up what the next five shots would be, if the photo were a still frame from a film.

Obviously this photo is from a film about fantastically tragic sadness.

Other takes:

@lbtreiman – Fish whisperer

@jtbozz – Beanstalk

@khfr – Mermaids

@santiagocasares – Starfish