What’s Going On in This Picture? | March 13, 2023
Look closely at this image, stripped of its caption, and join the moderated conversation about what you and other students see.
1. After looking closely at the image above (or at the full-size image), think about these three questions:
What is going on in this picture?
What do you see that makes you say that?
What more can you find?
2. Next, join the conversation by clicking on the comment button and posting in the box that opens on the right. (Students 13 and older are invited to comment, although teachers of younger students are welcome to post what their students have to say.)
3. After you have posted, try reading back to see what others have said, then respond to someone else by posting another comment. Use the “Reply” button or the @ symbol to address that student directly.
Each Monday, our collaborator, Visual Thinking Strategies, will facilitate a discussion from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time by paraphrasing comments and linking to responses to help students’ understanding go deeper. You might use their responses as models for your own.
4. On Thursday afternoons, we will reveal at the bottom of this post more information about the photo. How does reading the caption and learning its back story help you see the image differently?
This week’s image comes from the April section of “The Year in Pictures 2022.” The original caption reads:
STATEN ISLAND, APRIL 24. Christian Smalls, a former Amazon worker, leading a rally to unionize an Amazon sorting center. Just weeks earlier, he won a campaign to unionize a nearby warehouse, one of the most significant labor victories in a generation.
DeSean McClinton-Holland is the photographer.
• See all images in this series or slide shows of 40 of our favorite images — or 40 more.
• Learn more about this feature in this video, and discover how and why other teachers are using it in their classrooms in our on-demand webinar.
• Find out how teachers can be trained in the Visual Thinking Strategies facilitation method.
Students 13 and older in the United States and the Britain, and 16 and older elsewhere, are invited to comment. All comments are moderated by the Learning Network staff, but please keep in mind that once your comment is accepted, it will be made public.