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#734. See It In Color

Reading/Writing, level: Middle
Posted Thu Nov 19 08:41:09 PST 2009 by Jessica Powell (Jessica Powell).
Conroe ISD, Conroe, TX US
Materials Required: Black-white camera/film, internet access or stereo access
Activity Time: 45 mins
Concepts Taught: The Giver

You Should See it in Color
The Giver Group Activity

Music Connection:

Listen to the song, In Color (Jamey Johnson). What does the singer mean when he says, "you should see it in color?" Why does color matter in this song? What does the idea of color symbolize to the narrator in this song?

Materials:

-1 black & white disposable camera (only 4 exposures per group)

Objectives/Rationale:

In Jonas' world, one of the most striking differences from our own is the lack of color, which the Giver describes as sameness. In this exercise, groups of students will take photographs of 4 common school items with a black & white camera. As a whole group, we will examine the images and attempt to decipher what they are based on non-color clues. Students will discuss the impact color has on our own reality, and then will discuss how the lack of color might affect Jonas' society.

Target/Focus Guidelines:

1.Photograph items in bulk rather than one individual object. This will camouflage the item enough to slightly mask non-color characteristics.
2.Take pictures of normal, every-day items used in school or seen outside.
3.Do NOT tell other people outside your group what you photographed. Part of our discussions is to decipher the images without prior knowledge.
4.Be sure to have your group scribe write down the location/item of each photo (each group will have only 4 PHOTOS, so they will write down the number of the image and what it is (look at the top of the camera, there is a number for each photo)


In Color
Artist: Johnson Jamey
Song: In Color
Album: That Lonesome Song

I said, Grandpa what's this picture here
It's all black and white and ain't real clear
Is that you there, he said, yeah I was eleven
Times were tough back in thirty-five
That's me and Uncle Joe just tryin' to survive
A cotton farm in the Great Depression

And if it looks like we were scared to death
Like a couple of kids just trying to save each other
You should have seen it in color

This one here was taken overseas
In the middle of hell in nineteen forty-three
In the winter time you can almost see my breath
That was my tail gunner ole' Johnny McGee
He was a high school teacher from New Orleans
And he had my back right through the day we left

And if it looks like we were scared to death
Like a couple of kids just trying to save each other

You should have seen it in color

A picture's worth a thousand words
But you can't see what those shades of gray keep covered
You should have seen it in color

This one is my favorite one
This is me and grandma in the summer sun
All dressed up the day we said our vows
You can't tell it here but it was hot that June
That rose was red and her eyes were blue
And just look at that smile I was so proud

That's the story of my life
Right there in black and white

And if it looks like we were scared to death
Like a couple of kids just trying to save each other
You should have seen it in color

A picture's worth a thousand words
But you can't see what those shades of gray keep covered
You should have seen it in color

You should have seen it in color