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Student Background Content: Acquiring and interpreting data from an illustration. [Analysis]


A Newfoundland Fishing Stage Area

A. Habit of the fisherman | B. The line | C. Fishing | D. Dressers of the fish | E. Trough with dressed cod F. Salt boxes | G. Carrying the cod | H. Cleansing of the cod | I. Press to extract the oil from the cod liver K. Casks for water and blood from the livers | L. Cask to receive the oil | M. Drying the cod

Picture credits: Carse, Robert. Ports of Call. NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1967. [Insert in Herman Moll's"Map of North America"]

Task 1: In a group of 3-4 people, read the following questions as you look at the knowledge print. Informally answer the questions aloud, discussing each question as a group. The purpose of these questions is to involve you in what is going on in each section of the picture.

1. What object or shape did you see first in this picture? Why do you think this is the first thing that you noticed?

2. Who or what do you think is the most important figure, shape, or object? What makes you think so?

3. What is the story that you see in this illustration? Explain what is going on in sequential order for processing the fish.

4. What do you think will happen next?

5. If you were telling the story of this illustration, what would you call this picture?

6. Look at what is happening in this illustration. Are things moving quickly or slowly? How can you tell?

7. How can you tell what smells might be in the area?

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