Topic: Interpreting Cultural Customs, Traditions, and Celebrations
CLI Strategy: Pass the Portrait
Subject: Social Studies
Students will be able to: use inferencing and interpretation skills to interpret an image connected to cultural customs, traditions, and celebrations.
- Show an image to the class. Give students time to silently reflect on what they notice.
- Ask students to share their observations, guiding them with questions such as:
- What’s happening in this picture?
- What might the individuals be thinking / feeling? What can you infer about the individuals’ relationships?
- What does this image communicate? What does the image say about this culture?
- What does this image remind you of? How is your culture similar or different?
- Ask students to form a circle with a partner beside them.
- Give each pair of students a different image to describe for 30 – 60 seconds.
- At the end of each time period, ask students to pass their picture and begin describing the new picture they receive.
- Have students continue passing pictures until everyone has viewed each image. Put the images in the center of the circle to compare them.
Scaffolding for Success
- Remind the class to respect each other’s interpretations of the image.
- Ask students to think about one word that describes the main feeling of the image. Have students share their word with the class before engaging in the class discussion.