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Visual Literacy: Using Images to Increase Comprehension

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A colorful PowerPoint is a great way to introduce the topic of visual literacy. The eye-catching presentation begins with an overview of visual literacy and then provides some specific strategies to help enhance reading comprehension. As a bonus, it also includes some graphic organizers perfect for any reading lesson. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Provide scholars with many resources, such as encyclopedias and other reference books, to practice analyzing pictures, charts, graphs, and other visual aids to support their reading comprehension
Classroom Considerations
  • It may be helpful to supplement the PowerPoint with other resources, such as nonfiction texts and posters, if introducing the concept of visual literacy to learners
  • Provides samples of student work 
  • The information is well-organized in columns, charts, and boxes
  • The PowerPoint emphasizes the rationale behind using visual literacy, but it does not provide many actionable strategies for classroom use