Visual Literacy Teacher Resources

It is increasingly important that 21st century learners develop the media literacy skills they need to think critically about images, to be able to recognize the purpose, the message, and the techniques used to influence a target audience. Lesson Planet offers a full range of visual literacy resources for all subject areas, lessons, videos, and activities that define visual literacy, teach students how to recognize and analyze the techniques used.

A great way to start is with a lesson like this to get young people thinking about their visual literacy skills. Try this presentation to help young artists develop their analysis skills as they critique the work of famous artists (as well as their own work). Beyond the walls of the art world, the internet has had a profound effect on the way we perceive and interact with the world and has forced the expansion of visual literacy skills, as explored in this lesson plan. Images captured on cell phones have the power to influence how events are reported.

The resources in our collection encourage students to broaden their perspective, to see beyond one tweet, one video, one post and to become savvy consumers of media.

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Visual Literacy: Using Images to Increase Comprehension

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
A colorful PowerPoint is a great way to introduce the topic of visual literacy. The eye-catching presentation begins with an overview of visual literacy and then provides some specific strategies to help enhance reading comprehension. As...
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Visual Literacy

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
We are living in a visual world. From billboards and magazine covers to memes and Internet videos, visual media is everywhere. A textbook chapter on visual literacy explains the importance of becoming media literate. Thanks to a series...
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How Social Media Can Make History

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
From Nineteen Eighty-Four, Brave New World, and Fahrenheit 451 to Facebook, Twitter, and TXT. Here’s a must-see video for anyone interested in the transformation of the media landscape and message distribution. The narrator traces four...
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Research Project Embedded with Media Literacy

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Here is a phenomenal language arts lesson on media literacy for your middle and high schoolers. In it, learners produce a research product in the form of a public service announcement (PSA). First, they view examples of these PSA's to...
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Media Institution: Crash Course Government and Politics #44

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
A short, informative video discusses the various ways the media impacts the thought processes of citizens in the United States. Scholars analyze what bias exists in the media and how to know who to trust in reporting the news. Open...
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Media Regulation: Crash Course Government and Politics #45

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Scholars investigate the legality of reporting the news or providing entertainment over the airwaves. Scholars discuss the limits of the Internet, television, and print media under the Constitution. 
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Through Many Lenses: How are Countries Depicted by the Media?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
If you plan to utilize the ABC miniseries, "The Path to 9/11" in your classroom, consider incorporating media literacy and research skills. After (or while) learners view the series, they discuss ways information can differ from source...
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High Five: Media Literacy and Newspapers

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Teach the five different types of media with the first of three in a media literacy unit. Learners create and propose a final newspaper project, which must address information covered throughout the unit. 
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Defining Literacy in a Digital World

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What skills are necessary to interact with different types of text? Twenty-first century learners live in a digital world and must develop a whole new set of skills to develop media literacy. Class members engage in a series of...
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Influence and Persuasion: Crash Course Media Literacy

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Heard any good jingles lately? Chances are, you thought of several while you read this! Part of an extensive media literacy series, the video explores the world of advertising. Viewers see examples of different types of advertising,...
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Media Skills: Crash Course Media Literacy

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Did you realize that Internet access is a basic human right? For those of us fortunate to have online access, it's essential to have media smarts! Discover the five skills to be media savvy during an engaging video. The host discusses...
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Nouveau Réalisme

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Art is a form of expression that can be controversial, obtuse, and completely driven by the political and social times. Explore Nouveau Realism and Pop Art, which exemplify the nature of modern thought and expression. This visually rich...
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Art and Revolution

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Explore art and revolution that dawned in the mid 20th century. Constructivism, Bauhaus, and de stijl are all covered in this visually stimulating presentation. 
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Identify Intended Media Messages

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
How does media convey different messages? Use this lesson to explore media by identifying and analyzing selected images. Middle schoolers analyze a poster and discuss the intended meaning of the imagery and how it makes them feel. They...
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How are People Portrayed by Different Media?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Your 9th - 12th graders can hone their analysis and critical thinking skills by studying the way a subject is portrayed across media types. They examine how various print, visual, and online sources have portrayed key players in the 9/11...
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Lesson: After Nature: Visions and Visionaries

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Build visual literacy, discussion, and critical thinking skills with an innovative art lesson. Young analysts discuss the use of decalcomania, surrealism, and automatism in various contemporary pieces, discuss constructed truth, and...
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Responding to Media

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Scholars investigate making inferences, drawing conclusions, and quoting others by analyzing written and visual sources of information. They read legitimate accounts of people dealing with books, magazines, television, and the Internet....
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Media Awareness: the Basics of Advertising

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore marketing techniques. For this media awareness lesson, students watch instructor-selected advertising and identify the marketing techniques used in each of them. Students then create advertisements for products.
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19th Century Art in the US

For Students 5th
Visual literacy and art appreciation can start at any age. Expose your class to American art of the 19th century. They view two paintings and answer eight questions that require them to think about what they see and the techniques used...
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Looking at Art: Realism

For Students 3rd - 6th
Build visual literacy and art analysis skills using an interesting worksheet. Included are two images for learners to analyze. They view each picture and answer the eight related questions to stimulate an understanding of the art and a...
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Art Match Up

For Students 3rd - 4th
Build your pupils' visual literacy and ability to identify art from some of the world's masters. They view the mixed-up art pieces and set them straight by matching the correct art piece to the correct artist. 
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Developing a Media Campaign

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers identify necessary elements involved with campaigning. In this media analysis lesson, they consider how political and social messages are passed through visual messages and advertisements. They identlfy the impact of...
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1920's and 1930's Visual Literacy Pre-Assessment

For Teachers 10th
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...
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Byzantine Art

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Explore the art, architecture, and iconography of the Byzantine Empire. This comprehensive visual guide takes learners through the changes in art and architecture that occurred with the spread of the Byzantines.