Lesson of the Week: Weird Stock Photos

Weird Stock Photos by Robyn Kincaide (South Korea ETA)

Google Images is chock-full of bizarre stock photos, ranging from the oh-so-classic “Woman laughing alone with salad” to “Man talking on a shoe phone” and beyond. If you’re a fellow citizen of the internet age who also finds this plethora of oddities fascinating, this Lesson of the Week, “Weird Stock Photos” by South Korea ETA Robyn Kincaide may be just the thing for you. 

Following a brief introduction to the concept of stock photos, students complete an activity in which they write captions for a selection of strange images found in the annals of the worldwide web. This lesson also opens room for discussion on the lack of diversity and reinforcement of stereotypes which are unfortunately common in stock photos, and invites students to create their own photos based on a randomly chosen combination of nouns, verbs, and adverbs. You can access the materials for Robyn’s lesson here:

  1. Presentation File
  2. Activity Word Cards

We’re also featuring a couple of the creative images Robyn’s students produced; just imagine what yours could make!

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