Post the images around the classroom, gallery-style, or project them on a whiteboard, then ask students to respond in writing or in a class discussion. You could also give students the option to write letters to people they see in these photos, or to the people affected in general.
If you would like to use the photos to inspire your class to discuss what individuals and groups can do to respond to this disaster and its aftermath, see our section “Everyday Heroes,” below, for more ideas.
In general, as students view and read about this storm, you might ask them: What stories, images or news items are most compelling, meaningful, moving or important to you? Why?
Finally, you can have students generate lists of questions posed by these images and use them for later inquiry. Some of the additional resources and ideas below might help.
An Overview of the Deadly Damage
If your students need a quick overview of the news, you can consult this frequently-updated piece: “Hurricane Harvey: The Devastation and What Comes Next.” What made this storm more dangerous than most hurricanes?
Next, they could read “Tracking Harvey’s Destructive Path Through Texas and Louisiana” or “Stalled Over Gulf, Harvey Deepens Texans’ Soggy Misery,” continuing Times coverage about all the damage Hurricane Harvey has caused, including many deaths and untold property damage.
Students could also view Maps: Tracking Harvey’s Destructive Path Through Texas and Louisiana, choose the ones that stand out the most to them, and discuss why in partners or small groups.
To put the rainfall in perspective, students can use the interactive map Houston May Get 50 Inches of…