SOS: Multiple Perspectives

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Multiple Perspectives

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Understanding a situation from multiple perspectives is an important skill for students to master. In addition, the theory of Multiple Intelligences (proposed by Howard Gardner in 1983) has been leveraged in classrooms across the world as a way to differentiate instruction and appeal to student?s strengths and interests. This week’s strategy uses images as a way to engage students in multiple perspectives of a topic in a way that plays to their unique learning styles.


•Show students the large size image of Federal Troops At Rest

•Have students look at the image through multiple perspectives and give them an activity to complete based on the perspective. For example:

  • Look at the man in the upper right hand corner. He is reading a newspaper. Take on the perspective of a news reporter from either side of the Civil War and write an article that might be found in that newspaper (Verbal/ Linguistic)
  • Look at the men in the middle of the image. They are playing a game. What other types of games could you create and play in large open fields with limited supplies that you can carry and take along with you? (Kinesthetic)
  • Look at the man in the lower right hand corner. He is reading a letter from home. Take on the perspective of his wife, his child, a sibling and write the letter; or take on his perspective and write a response (Intrapersonal)
  • Look at the man in the middle of the image towards the top. He is sitting on a drum. Take on his perspective on the war and write a song about what life is like as a Federal soldier. (Musical)

•Have students work individually or in small groups to complete the activities above.

•Share their work with the class


  • Select an image or video segment that matches your current curriculum.
  • Have students analyze the image or watch the segment.
  • Give students multiple perspectives to think through and and multiple activities to complete that address a variety of learning styles
  • Have students share their work with the class


You can take the challenge by:

  • Implementing this strategy and letting us know how it went by posting a comment below.
  • Using this strategies in your grade level planning discussions and/or professional development and reporting your events. (Remember we consider an event anytime 3 or more educators gather together… doesn’t have to be in a computer lab… could be sitting around the lunch table)
  • Photocopying the flier and distributing it in your colleague’s boxes and/or posting it to your own BulleDEN board.

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  1. Paula Naugle said:

    This is such a great way to differentiate an assignment to allow our students to use their multiple perspectives and their various learning styles to engage in a lesson. Thanks for the challenge.

  2. pete said:

    Very insightful concept for instruction. I used this during science review by presenting an image of a construction site to gain different perspectives of the people within including conservationists, developers, and so on. I plan on collecting images for other science concepts including weather. Possibly finding different persons reacting to a weather report indicating steady rain.

  3. Kim Wilson said:

    I really like this idea because I have trying to find different ways for my 8th graders to connect to Social Studies content. I feel that they have no frame of reference so getting them engaged is a challenge. However if I try to employ this strategy and have them take on different roles and imagine what another person of the time would be thinking about then something really rich could come out of it. I think having the kids share their role’s perspective with the class also allows them to develop empathy.

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