Lesson Plan

OPTIC - A Reading Strategy Recipe: Visual Literacy

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A visual literary instructional activity provides learners with OPTIC (Observations, Predictions, Themes, Inferences, Conclusions), a reading strategy to help them understand and interpret visual and written texts. Scholars practice the strategy with a Norman Rockwell painting and a short story and then craft a narrative about the Rockwell image.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the OPTIC strategy frequently in succeeding lessons to reinforce learning
  • Use the PowerPoint to guide the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires projection devices for the slideshow, the video, and the images
  • Copies are also required
  • The lesson is richly detailed and carefully scaffolded; teacher notes add additional scaffolding to the lesson
  • Answer keys are provided for "The Shiner" and "The Bully" model activities
  • Materials are available in English and Spanish
  • Offers links to explanations of the various learning strategies used in the lesson
  • None
Common Core