A Thousand Words

How can we comprehend what a picture is expressing?



Created by
Pam Lowe


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Activity Description

It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words but students often have difficulty interpreting or expressing a picture’s meaning. Students tend to use very general terms when being descriptive. Many believe that if they know what they mean, the audience will understand, too. This activity is designed to help address this problem and to help students be more specific. In this activity you will explore how to comprehend images and relay in words what they express.




Activity Directions

1. Let's begin our lesson about intrepreting pictures by going to the link: ETTC: Writing Prompts.

2. Click on the link: How To Write About Feelings.

3. Look at each picture and write the main emotion that each picture conveys.

4. Under each main emotion list four ways that you would convey this emotion to a reader if you were writing about the picture.

5. After completing this activity go to the link at ETCC called: The Magic Three.

6. This activity will help you develop your thoughts on paper.

7. Next go to National Geographic: Back Talk and look at the humorous picture prompts.

8. Choose one picture and type in a quote for it that is appropriate. Print out your picture.

9. Go to art.com and click on the picture of The Dugout to enlarge the picture.

10. Use the Dugout Activity to interpret the painting, The Dugout by Norman Rockwell.

11. After completing the Dugout Activity, download the Photo Activity document.

12. Finally, go to the Microsoft Office Clip Art site and look at the photos of children.

13. Choose one photograph to complete the Photo Activity document..



Resources Required

 ResourceTypeRequirementsFile
1.ETTC : Writing PromptsWeb SiteHardware:
PC
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2.National Geographic: Back TalkWeb SiteHardware:
PC
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3.Art.com: The Dugout by Norman RockwellWeb SiteHardware:
PC
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4.The Dugout ActivityHandoutHardware:
PC

Software:
Microsoft Office
Dugout.doc
5.Microsoft Office Clip ArtWeb SiteHardware:
PC
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6.Photo ActivityHandoutHardware:
PC

Software:
Microsoft Office
PhotoAct.doc
7.Writing RubricWeb SiteHardware:
PC
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1 hour a day
for 3 days

Last updated: December 02 2004, 1:01 pm
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