Monday, January 25, 2010

Visual Literacy Vocabulary

I came across this great resource from an Australian organization for teaching students to use vocabulary associated with visual literacy.  The associated Word documents use kid-friendly phrasing, which means they could easily be put to use in the classroom right away.

This could be a valuable resource for addressing the actual images in middle school study of comics and graphic novels.


  1. The concept of visual literacy is a very interesting one. Outside of maybe an art class we don't necessarily teach students how to look at pictures. The Chicago Sun Times made a comment about one of my favorite books that happens to be a graphic novel, "American Born Chinese," that I thought related to it. They said,"Visually astute teens will find the tale of suppressed identity as compelling as a movie." I guess the question is are teachers teaching kids to be visually astute?

  2. I think that you nailed it, Sarah. I really don't feel I can do a greater service than to help students become more aware/critical of the images that they're bombarded with on a daily basis. Through instruction using comics (or film, or television), and with cooperation with like-minded institutions and administrators, this should be a major focus of our schools.


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