There were many surprising things on this field trip. But to me this coloring book was the most surprising. To be honest I was mostly concerned about who this coloring was for. Is it for adults? Or is it for children? If it’s for children I understand why because they are informing children at an early age about the dangers of H.I.V, though a fun way but are they introducing it too early. Another thing that surprised me was the time period this coloring book was made in. It was made in 1987. In the 80s H.I.V was just hitting NY and the fact that they made a coloring book to raise awareness of the outbreak is really interesting to me.
I found this work inspiring because It talked about how Muslims started to use green paint in their neighborhoods to encourage change in their community. I found it surprising because painting their neighborhood really worked and the neighborhood became more peaceful the crime rate decline; they came together as a community and did not let people come into their neighborhood to do any kind of harm. I agree with the person that did the work, he said that he wishes the entire city came together to encourage things like this so that we could all have a safer city. After seeing this work, I was curious to know the significance of the color green in Islam and I found out that green is a symbol of nature and life in Islam and also it was supposedly Mohammed’s favorite color according to “Islamic Greenwashing” By Christopher Beam who wrote an article for Slate explaining the significance of the color green in Islam.
Focused freewrite: Think about a time when you became engrossed in or even obsessed with something you were learning, studying, or experiencing. What did you do to feed and develop that interest, and what was the result?
“Reading Lucy” by Jennifer Egan
- How is Egan’s research experience an example of what we just wrote about?
- How is “Reading Lucy” a research essay? how is it different than what we would expect from a research essay?
- What kind of research is included, and how do we experience it?
- What does Egan learn about Lucy that makes her feel like they are friends?
- Where do we see overlaps and juxtapositions?
- What words do we need defined? What questions do we have?
- Additional materials: letters, photo
Read and make notes in the margins to help you think about these questions.
- What overlaps or juxtapositions can we find in “Reading Lucy”?
- What research can we do to prepare for the Project #3 walk?