Are you stuck in the same argumentative writing task rut? Try finding arguments inside visuals. The teacher chooses two images and instructs students to try to note as much about the images as possible. The catch is that students will only be given seconds to observe as much as they can and make notes. After three chances to find information inside the visual, the students will determine the author’s purpose and similar context to each of the images. By the end of the activity, you want students to discover what “argument” the author is claiming by publishing this image. This can be a stand-alone activity or may be used as a starting point for an argumentative essay.
• Finding Arguments in Visuals Chart
• The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – Photograph of Elie Wiesel
• Heinrich Hoffmann – The LIFE Picture Collection – Hitler at a Nazi Party Rally
(These images can be exchanged for pictures of your choice)
• Student Examples of “Finding Arguments in Visuals Chart” attached