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Stranger in the Mirror

Viewing Ideas

Before Watching

  1. People with visual agnosia must put together small pieces of information to make sense of their environment. It is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle without the cover picture. Ask students to make their own "jigsaw puzzles" from a page of a magazine. The page should be cut into no more than a dozen pieces. Students can then trade their collections of pieces and assemble one another's puzzles. How many pieces did they have to put together before they knew what the picture was? What clues did they use to piece the puzzle together and figure out the image?

After Watching

  1. Create a brainstorming grid with your students to see how combining senses such as hearing and touch can help people to identify visual images. At the top of the grid, write types of sounds. Ask students to name types of sounds and list them across the top of the board (i.e., quiet, shrill, etc.). Along the side of the grid, write types of textures. In a similar way, list how different things feel down the side of the board (i.e., sticky, cold, etc.). Create a grid so that each of the attributes are connected. For example, the first block might be "quiet and sticky." Ask the class to think of something to fit into each box (for example, a slug could be both quiet and sticky).

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Stranger in the Mirror

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