Visual Literacy Assignment
While I spent plenty of time researching activities online, the one I was most drawn to and found most exciting was found in one of the resources offered in the visual literacy folder (http://ccb.lis.illinois.edu/Projects/youth/literacies/cpl.html).
For this activity, the teacher is to select any engaging picture book- one that is filled with color and action, that will help draw and maintain students’ attention throughout. The one I chose for this assignment is The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein.
Gerstein, M., Tuosto, F., & Roaring Brook Press. (2003). The man who walked between the towers. Brookfield, Conn: Roaring Brook Press.
Examining entire book one page at a time, while covering up any written text, the teacher will utilize the “STW” (See, Think, Wonder) method, in which he / she asks students open-ended questions to guide discussions about the illustrations. The STW technique requires teachers to ask specific questions about the artwork in this order: “What do you see? What do you think? What do you wonder?” “What do you see?” simply allows students to describe the basics of what they see in the image in question. “What do you think?” encourages students to think about what the visuals they see are trying to communicate. They are given the opportunity decide what it is that the details in the visuals and any cues make them think. “What do you wonder?” supports students’ creativity and imagination, as they are able to ask their own questions about what the image does not tell them. After carefully examining each page, the teacher will discuss with his / her students what they think happened in the story and why, based on the information that the group shared.Once all the students have collected their thoughts as a whole, the teacher will read the text to the students. Following the reading will be a discussion in which students will compare and contrast their predictions with the written story. This activity is effective in teaching visual literacy in the classroom, as it supports the teacher in successfully leading students to comprehension and enables students to make connections between text and art.