The Power of Images

An Understanding by Design Unit

Movies, advertisements, and all other visual media are tools teachers need to use and media we must master if we are to maintain our credibility in the coming years. —Jim Burke

If people aren’t taught the language of sound and images, shouldn’t they be considered as illiterate as if they left college without being able to read or write?” —George Lucas


Essential Questions

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Podcast Lesson Plan and Authentic Assessment

Resources - Avatar

Resources - Body Image

Resources - Opinion

Resources - Photo Editing


About This Wiki

This wiki was created by Samantha Morra, a teacher and School Technology Coordinator in NJ.. (

This wiki was created as a part of my graduate work at Montclair State University. The class was Principles of Curriculum Development and focused on Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe's book titled Understanding by Design. Thank you to Dr. Emily Klein for all of her assistance in the creation of this unit.