Sunday, November 16, 2008
There is an old cliche that says, "A picture is worth a thousand words." We will be examining photojournalism from various locations around the world. Boston.com/bigpicture is a website that draws more than a million views a month. You will be responsible for visiting this website and examining a set of pictures. After taking the time to examine the amazing photography, please select a set of pictures to study. Your pictures should have an international theme. As you browse the pictures, select one that stands out to you. For that picture, please (1) describe any features or details that stand out to you, (2) describe the events that most likely led up to the picture and what events you imagine will follow (3) brainstorm why the photographer took this picture - what "story" he was trying to capture, (4) how does the photograph help paint a strong picture about the culture that you are examining and do you think the picture is accurate or is it an attempt to tell a false story? Once you are done, please post your response. Then, comment on two responses that have been done by your classmates.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
**Pablo Picasso's work, Guernica, is one of the most famous depictions of war. Your task is to:
With a partner go to google images and find a picture of Guernica. Your job is to: (A) analyze and explain at least 12 different things you see in the painting, (B) explain what you see as Picasso's message (C) discuss how the color choice helps enhance his message, (D) explain at least 5 connections you can make between this painting and O'Brien's book. I recommend you do this on a separate sheet of paper. When you are done, post your response.
**After, visit www.legacy-project.org/index.php?page=exhibitions. Click on the link to Picasso's page and answer the following questions on a separate sheet of paper.
1. What is the real significance of the word Guernica that people tend to forget?
2. Why was the attack "well planned" from Franco's point of view?
3. What was the reported temperature of the group the day of the massacre?
4. What is unique about this particular "war painting"?
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
1. Study the image.
2. Characterization: Create your protagonist. List several qualities of this character. What drives him or her? What fears does he or she have?
3. Write a passage which describes the physicality and psychology of your character. Reveal these qualities through detail so that the reader is left to determine them. Here's an example: avoid: "Johnny was a roofer from the midwest who worked really hard. He was sick of his job." The problem? The reader is disengaged from the get-go. Everything is revealed; there is no puzzle, question, or curiosity to compel the reader to move forward.
Try something more like this: "His fingers, seasoned by the unmistakable breath of the Dakotan winter, clutched the dusted chrome of the handle. His red '76 Chevy, tinted a faded pink by the glow of twilight, groaned and coughed to a start. He sighed and plucked a cluster of bills from his mottled dungarees and tossed them into the passenger seat among the pile- rusty tools, foam coffee cups, faded receipts. He popped the truck into drive but his boot remained heavy on the break. An orange sliver of the fading sun pulled his gaze to the top of the roof, its shingles a crisp mosaic of sparkling grey. And on this night John sat for a moment, his flesh and bone drooping slowly into the torn fabric of his seat."
4. Post your brainstorming results and a draft of your passage here.