Visual Literacy Teacher Resources

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Students focus on visual literacy in this lesson which can be incorporated to any previous lesson. Using images, they identify the visual elements and design in them and examining the various patterns present. In groups, they discover and discuss any hidden meanings in any of the images they view.
Tenth graders practice their visual literacy skills. In this visual arts lesson, 10th graders examine digital images from the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian. Students then analyze the artistic images and discuss their interpretations.
Students view examples of images and discuss why a director or writer chose these images. Using different forms of media, they develop their own standards by which to judge television or films. They discover the use of visual literacy as a skill to interpret images that surround them.
Students develop their understanding of the effects of invisible air pollutants. In this invisible air instructional activity, students complete experiments with a rubber band air test, a bean plant experiment and by exploring engineering roles related to air pollution. In an associated literacy activity, students develop visual literacy and write photograph captions.
Students identify techniques used to communicate visually. They compare and contrast different visual techniques found in mass media. They apply their understanding by creating photographs that use a variety of visual literacy techniques.
Students examine photographs before writing captions for them. They develop visual literacy as they see how photographs are manipulated to show the effects of acid rain. They rewrite the photo captions after a class discussion.
Students consider works of art in their historical context. In this art in historical context lesson plan, students are encouraged to think about and record their prior knowledge of the historical period and to make inferences about the artist's circumstances and possible intent. Writing prompts are provided for essay writing activities.
Why is visual literacy so important in understanding Maus? Introduce your class to basic elements of graphic novels with a game of pictionary. A list of 13 words are included, but you could potentially add some World War II-related terms to the list if you're hoping to extend the activity. This activity is designed to be used after page 159 in Maus. 
Young scholars construct a photo document on their selected topic and use at least twelve photographs in their photo document. One must be of the authors. Additionally, they must write five interactive questions which help viewers interpret the visual message.
Students develop visual literacy skills and explore the work of Rondal Partridge as a documentary photographer during the Great Depression. They explore considerations such as subject, composition, light, and perspective.
Eighth graders examine the daily life and culture of people who live in the mountains of North Carolina.  In this American History lesson plan, 8th graders analyze visual resources.  Students participate in a free write on these visual resources.  
An interesting resource that might work best in an upper level art course, this handout provides a list of nine websites where young artists can read and study about all forms of art. These online resources range from a dictionary of visual arts terms to online workshops in painting, design and visual literacy. The next two pages encourage pupils to perform an in-depth study of van Gogh's paintings and African art. These pages include instructions and assignments to help direct their study.
Introduce young readers to the comprehension strategy of visualizing by asking them to think about a place that makes them happy. After illustrating or using words to describe this place, the class moves on to an interactive game using an interactive whiteboard. Scripted directions and links are included.
Students demonstrate visual literacy skills by analyzing the images from the mural in the Library of Congress. In this visual art analysis lesson, students examine the mural and further their knowledge by using tools of art and design to analyze other images from the Library’s extensive online collections.
Students scan images so that details can be seen. They focus on locating visual details and determine how they affect the overall meaning of an image.
Family is a wonderful subject for little learners to get excited about. Family is also the theme for a social studies unit that uses literacy standards throughout. The guide outlines approximately three weeks of instruction and breaks down each Common Core standard addressed by tasks or questions the children will complete or be able to answer. The kids will become experts on the topic of family through reading, writing, and discussion. The only thing missing in this resource is an art project. What is kindergarten without an art project?
Get ready to teach a unit about community workers that uses Common Core literacy standards as a way to connect language arts and social studies. The packet is printable and contains teaching strategies, scripted activities, and performance tasks for reading and writing with informational texts. Children will learn about and discuss the role community workers play in their everyday lives, as well as explore the use of textual evidence in their writing and their speaking. Both the reader's and writer's workshops are broken down into comprehensive tasks by day. Worksheets, graphic organizers, web links, rubric, and standard rationale are all included.
What is a graphic novel? How does it differ from a traditional novel? These questions launch a discussion of Fabio Celoni and Mirka Andolfo's graphic novel adaptation of The Kite Runner. Through a series of literature circle discussions, readers are encouraged to make personal connections to Hosseini's tale, to develop questions, and to consider how the visuals impact their response to the novel.
Middle schoolers study the three types of mass media messages: visual media, written media, and audio media. After a class discussion which has them list examples of each, learners get into pairs and work on analyzing the "Four A's" in different types of media messages. The "Four A's" are; angle, audience, aim, and arrangement. Then, the student pairs come up with their own version of a media message in which they use the "Four A's" as best they can. The instructions, activities, worksheets, and scoring rubric embedded in the plan are among the finest I've seen for a lesson on media. I'd highly recommend the lesson for your young teens!
Fourth and fifth graders define the term media literacy, then come up with examples that they share with the class. The types of media studied are auditory, visual, and written. Learners get together in pairs and perform a media scavenger hunt. They search the Internet and library sources to find the examples they want to share. The worksheet that goes along with this exercise is filled out by the kids, and it has them list the author, the format, the audience it's intended for, the content, and the purpose of the message. An excellent lesson on media literacy for your upper graders.

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