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Keywords: Food, diagrams, design, community
Subject(s): Social Studies, Art, Technology, Journalism, Photography
Grades 9 through 12
School: New Start at Salmon Creek, Burien, WA
Planned By: Ann Magyar
Original Author: Ann Magyar, Burien
1. Explore visual diagrams
-Students work in pairs to analyze examples of visual explanations.
a. pair students and pass out examples. Each pair must study their example and answer these questions:
-What is going on in the image?
-What specific parts of the image led you to figure out what is going on? (arrows, lines connecting words and part of picture, image shows an object as transparent to reveal insides, something is shown in detail, etc.)
-Is it clear? Confusing?
-What type of food could you explain using this technique?

b. Each pair creates a poster of their example and answers to post in classroom.
c. Each pair shares their findings with the rest of the class.

2. Brainstorm food dishes: in small groups or pairs have students brainstorm a list of food that may be confusing to someone from a different culture, or that by design is hard to identify (anything that is self contained needs an explanation of what is on the inside). Post this list in the classroom.

3. Gather data
a. Students must select and research a dish. They can use the internet, interview family and community members, or visit local restaurants and groceries. Research goals include recipes, ingredients, traditions and stories related to the dish.

4. Capture images
-Students gather images to create their own visual explanations.
a. Students work in pairs to gather the photographs needed to explain their food. This may be at restaurants, grocery stores, out in the garden. Students will need to work with different settings and lighting situations to photograph the food and ingredients.

5. Design
-Students use Multimedia Lab V to upload images and put together their design.
a. Each pair must create a 8"x10" B+W image to be published as part of the walking map, to be distributed throughout the community.
b. Each pair must create a web based image to be published as a digital walking map.

Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Elements of this lesson can be emphasized or expanded to connect to studies of community, immigration, science diagrams, cooking, interview skills, foreign language practice, illustration, and service learning. I developed this based on our community's need.
Links: Recipics-wordless recipies
Materials: Digital SLR, Word Processor, Paint, Web Page, Worksheets, Camera Bags, xD Memory Cards, Flash/USB Drives, Batteries
Other Items: 10 diagram exampes as found in textbooks, picture science books, comics, $varied each