Circle of Viewpoints: Pictures of Practice
What does the routine look like in action?

Using the Routine to Explore a...
Jenn Aza, grade 6 International School of Brussels

As part of their study of the history of the slave trade in western civilization students in Jenn Aza's social studies class examined an picture of an apparent slave trade involving an ambiguous negotiation between the central characters in the image. Students were asked to think of various perspectives connected to the image. Who would be interested in this image? Who might care about it? What people might be affeced by what you see in the image?

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other examples of student work.

Individually, students brainstormed various perspectives on the image and topic of slavery. They chose a single viewpoint and used the routine's script skeleton to investigate the perspective more deeply, imagining what the character might be experiencing or thinking. Students were also asked to generate a question from the perspective of their character. Click images at left to view example of students' thinking.

 

 

Using the routine to explore a topic from history
Fredrik Pettersson, grade 9, Lemshaga Akademi

Fredrik used the Circle of Viewpoints routine to help students get inside the perspectives of people living in Germany during World War II. Students were first asked to observe the photograph, and then brainstorm various perspectives connected to the image. Who would be interested in this image? Who might care about it? What people might be affeced by what you see in the image? Students were then asked to imagine the thoughts and feelings of their chosen perspective, and to generate a question from this particular point of view. (click to enlarge and see examples of student responses)