Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Stock Photos & New Yorkers

Woman Texting at Top of Subway Stairs While Others Try to Exit: Richard Yeh / WNYC



WNYC created some funny stock photos of New Yorkers doing New York-y things - the image above is just one example. Other highlights include Woman Looking for MetroCard and Blocking Turnstile While People Wait to Enter, Diverse Group of People on Stoop Drinking Out of Paper Bags, and Man Trying to Figure Out What Just Dripped On Him. There is also a two-minute audio clip (embedded below) which could provide a listening piece in a lesson. Here are some ideas for classroom activities.
  • Flip through the photos as a class and ask students to read the titles for each one. Pull out unfamiliar vocabulary to generate a list of new words and phrases.
  • Have students select a favorite picture and role-play the scenario.
  • Choose a photo and have the students write about what makes the situation so "New York."
  • Have students choose photos that fit certain criteria - Funniest, Most Annoying, Most Typical - and explain why they chose this photo.

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