Visual literacy is critical. Whether we're flipping our classes, teaching remotely, using visual texts as a supplement to our curriculum, or researching for a project, students need to know how to analyze and comprehend a visual text, often an instructional video.
When I flip my lessons and even when I take students to the lab to complete web searches, research projects, and other related course assignments, students often come away from the video not having retained much information. Visual texts are just as important in this digital age as print ones, and we can't just assume that students know how to read them. Often times, they don't.
In this lesson, students will be introduced to the concept of visual literacy. The lesson itself focuses specifically on video clips because they are used most frequently by teachers in the classroom. However, other types of visual texts are mentioned so that students understand the visual text category is broader than just video clips.
- ORIGINAL YOUTUBE VIDEO LINK: Use to introduce the concept of visual literacy
- PRESENTATION: A visual literacy PDF presentation with a GOOGLE SLIDES link...the same content as the YouTube video...with slides about what visual literacy is, what a visual text is, why it matters, and tips for how to approach video clips to retain the information included
- STUDENT NOTES: to accompany the presentation or video, in both PDF and Google Slides format - editable!
- 3 PRACTICE EXERCISES: use to model how to read visual texts...you'll find one on literacy, one on Cornell Notes, and one on infographics....include as both PDF and Google Slides versions
- SUGGESTED USE: a suggested use and order for teachers so that you can brainstorm the most effective way to use this resource with your own students
- EXTRA LINKS: use to further model how to read a visual text
- KEYS: suggested answer keys for the practice exercises
No matter the age of your students, if you're considering asking them to watch a video of any length for your class on their own, they would benefit from this visual literacy lesson. It's designed to put them in a place of accountability by giving them the tools they need to succeed.
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