VISUAL LITERACY ACTIVITIES Visual Analysis Mini-Lesson and Digital Worksheets

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9th - 12th, Higher Education
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This OPTIC Strategy lesson will teach visual analysis and equip students to analyze persuasive advertisements, paintings, illustrations, comic books, photographs, and more. This resource is suitable for distance learning and Google Classroom and can be used in AP Language and Composition and secondary ELA classrooms.




How to use this resource:
This lesson begins with an overview of the OPTIC Acronym, which is outlined in OPTIC Strategy Handouts and Lesson. The example illustration can be used to model the process of applying the OPTIC Strategy. I like to brainstorm ideas with my class, and demonstrate how I would apply these ideas to the OPTIC Graphic Organizer.

There are five additional worksheets and illustrations with this lesson. You can either assign all of these worksheets to each student, or divide students into groups and assign each group an image. I also enjoy creating a station for each image to create an interactive gallery walk. These images are open to interpretation, which makes it an incredibly engaging lesson to consolidate once students have finished their interpretations.

There are also three virtual gallery walks featuring three diverse artists. Each artist demonstrates a unique style of artistry, and each virtual gallery walk features an OPTIC Graphic Organizer and hyperlink to a webpage featuring their work. You can assign each artist to every student, or have each student select their favourite artist to interpret.

Digital versions of each worksheet have been provided to support distance learning and 1:1 Technology Classrooms. Simply follow the instructions listed within this resource to make copies to your Google Drive and distribute through Google Classroom.

The OPTIC Strategy is also featured in Mondays Made Easy's MAGICAL REALISM MINI-LESSON | An Introduction in Genre, as well as a part of the AP Language and Composition BUNDLE | Rhetoric, Arguments, Expository and MORE!

You might also be interested in Mondays Made Easy's Digital Resources.


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Total Pages
33 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.
Analyze how a text uses structure to emphasize key points or advance an explanation or analysis.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


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