What’s going on in this pic? [vts] 2 June 2020 (high school)

Objective: Use visual thinking strategies to describe the meaning of a visual text.  Look closely at this image, stripped of its caption, and join the conversation about what you and other students see.

1. look closely at the photo; think about these three questions, and answer them completely:

— What is going on in this picture?

— What do you see that makes you say that?

— What more can you find?

2. After you have written your responses, copy them from the Google Doc attached to assignment #A-06022020-7. DO NOT copy the MLA-8 class header. Then, join the conversation by pasting your response in the comments box (WITHOUT the header).

3. Be sure to add your pkcsd email, and to give yourself an identity that includes your name or your initials.

Look closely at this image, stripped of its caption, and join the P[E]ACE conversation.

What’s going on in this pic? [vts] 2 June 2020 (middle school)

Objective: Use visual thinking strategies to describe the meaning of a visual text.  Look closely at this image, stripped of its caption, and join the conversation about what you and other students see.

1. look closely at the photo; think about these three questions, and answer them completely:

— What is going on in this picture?

— What do you see that makes you say that?

— What more can you find?

2. After you have written your responses, copy them from the Google Doc attached to assignment #A-06022020-7. DO NOT copy the MLA-8 class header. Then, join the conversation by pasting your response in the comments box (WITHOUT the header).

3. Be sure to add your pkcsd email, and to give yourself an identity that includes your name or your initials.

Look closely at this image, stripped of its caption, and join the P[E]ACE conversation.

How I make a really good seafood gumbo:

ingredients:
1 cup flour
1 cup peanut oil
2 cups finely chopped onions
2 cups finely chopped bell peppers
2 cups finely chopped celery
1 cup chopped scallions (optional)
1 cup finely sliced okra
2 cloves garlic
Parsley for garnish

6 andouille or smoked sausages
1 lb. chicken thighs, drumsticks (or whole chicken)
2 lb. shrimp (preferably with heads)
2 cups crab meat and/or six crabs (preferably blue)
12-24 oysters (optional)

2 quarts chicken broth
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon thyme
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon red pepper
1 tablespoon black pepper

Cooked white, brown, or Basmati rice.
Filé (ground sassafrass)

procedure:
First make a seafood broth from the cleaned seafood. Shell and devein (BOTH veins–on the back and under the belly!) shrimp, reserving shells. Clean crabs, reserve shells. Cover shells in a pot of cold water and simmer to make a stock (you may add a stalk of celery, a carrot, or other items you’d put in a home-made stock.)
Stop everything. Eliminate all distractions. No dogs, no kids, no phone. Now comes the roux. The Roux. It is also called Louisiana napalm.
To make the roux, I heat the peanut oil in a cast-iron 5-quart Dutch oven over medium heat. When, hot, I slowly whisk in the flour, smoothing and stirring until all flour has been added. Then I may or may not turn up the heat, but I keep stirring slowly, as the flour turns, golden, then tan, then milk chocolate, then dark chocolate. Do NOT burn the roux. If you do, throw it out and start all over. Your ingredients are too expensive to put into a bitter batch of something that looks like gumbo but tastes awful.
Be respectful of the roux. When it is a rich chocolate brown, add the chopped or minced garlic, chopped onions, bell peppers and chopped celery. This is called the holy trinity in New Orleans. Stir and mix well with the roux, continuing to stir so that the holy trinity wilts and cooks in the fat and flour mixture.
Thyme, salt, red & black peppers and the tomato paste should be added now. Slowly pour or ladle in the stock and chicken broth, stirring until all the ingredients are well mixed, turn down to a low simmer, and put a lid on the pot. Simmer about 10 minutes, then add the chicken.
Slice thin sausage medallions and quickly and lightly brown in a large skillet. Set aside.
After broth has simmered about 20 minutes, add okra. Simmer 5 minutes. Then add shrimp and simmer 5 minutes. Add fresh crab (NOT canned), and simmer 5 minutes. Add canned crabmeat. Add oysters. Stir everything together and simmer 5 minutes. Taste for seasoning and adjust if needed.
Although gumbo always tastes better the next day, who can resist?
To serve, put ½ cup or LESS of rice into a bowl, and ladle gumbo — Louisiana Love — over the rice. It should be soupy, not like gravy.

Sprinkle a teaspoon or so of filé over the gumbo. Enjoy!

 

Gravity Glue: Michael Grab Meditations

 

Pay careful attention to this image, breathing gently as you reflect on its progression.  What thoughts come to mind as you observe? What mood does the image inspire in you?  Describe what you observed. Replay and describe how you reacted to  the image at 28 seconds.  At Join the P[E]ACE conversation about what you and other students see.

In your journal, analyze this video using the visual thinking, bulleted lists, connections, questions:
1. What is going on in this video?

2. Why do you say that?

3. What else is going on?

4. Count your words, fill in your table of contents.

5. Turn and talk to a neighbor about your perceptions.

8. At the end of this Blog post, Click LEAVE A COMMENT or REPLY:  Reply by writing your journal entry here, including any comments from other students that may have added to or changed your opinion.

What’s going on in this pic? [vts] 16 March 2020

Objective: Use visual thinking strategies to describe the meaning of a visual text.  Look closely at this image, stripped of its caption, and join the conversation about what you and other students see. [Click on image to see larger version.]

In your journal, on a numbered page, or on looseleaf, date the page 16 March 2020. Using your best descriptive writing, answer these questions:

 1. What is going on in this picture?
2. Why do you say that?
3.  What else do you see?
4. Count your words, fill in your table of contents.

5. Access Google docs or other text editor
6. Transcribe your journal comments to Google doc or editor.
7. Review your comments and check for mistakes
8. Return to English is My Thinglish
 9. Click LEAVE A COMMENT below the image
10. Paste your comment into the comments section
11.  Submit your comments.
12. Review 3 other PACE students’ comments about this image.
13. Review 3 comments on the New York Times Web site.
14. If you can, paste your comment on the New York Times Web site.
15.  Review at least five student comments and respond to three students’ comments.

 

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Look closely at this image, stripped of its caption, and join the P[E]ACE conversation about what you and other students see. [Click on image to see larger version.]

 

Critical Lens: “The measure . . .” :: 18 Feb. 2020

Look closely at this image, and read its message carefully. Join the P[E]ACE conversation about what you and other students see. [Click on image to see larger version.]

In your journal, analyze this message using the critical lens process:
1. Who is the author, and what is the quotation?
2. Paraphrase (put into your own words) the quotation.
3.  Interpret the quotation (what does the author mean?).
4. Agree or disagree with the quotation.
5. Explain in a few sentences why you agree or disagree.
6. Count your words, fill in your table of contents.
7. Turn and talk to a neighbor about your perceptions.

8. At the end of this Blog post, Click LEAVE A COMMENT or REPLY:  Reply by writing your critical lens journal entry here, including any comments from other students that may have added to your opinion.