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Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts & Technology

1299 Bryant Ave, Mt. View, CA 94040 T 650-940-4650 x0090
2 Required Classes: English and Digital Media 3rd/Elective Class:  + Animation or Design or Film

Blink Books

What is thought? This deceptively simple question is the core of this unit, inspired by Malcolm Gladwell's Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. Students engage in various discussions, applications, and written analyses of Gladwell's narrative case studies and research-based explanations of how we think and make decisions. The centerpiece product is the Blink Book, which contains a series of nine artistic and written responses to nine corresponding prompts. On each day of this unit, students use a different artistic medium to respond automatically to the prompt, suspending their conscious mind as much as possible. Afterwards, they respond to the same prompt in a twenty-minute freewrite. Finally, students revise and edit this raw material, synthesizing it into one truly unique book.

2013 Blink Books

2012 Blink Books

2011 Blink Books

2010 Blink Books