Visual Literacy

There has been a lot of discussion recently about the concept of Visual literacy, and the development of a type of ‘scope and sequence’ for core skills across the year levels. A hit posted recently on the OZTLNET forum has revealed many, many resources related to the concept of Visual Literacy, and I thought I would include them here as a useful guide to anyone wishing to deepen their knowledge of the area, and to include it in a more explict way in their program. 

Please note that it has been found that many American sites focus more on visual arts than the broader subject of visual literacy.  

Resources include: 


has a good hot list
 This site seems quite comprehensive, and is Australian to boot!  rationale for combining visual with other information and media skills in this primer

Reading online and The online visual literacy project  have been reviewed by Curriculum Exchange as being a particularly useful.
This site has worksheets and lesson plans

This site explains the elements of design in picture books

 This article by Jamie McKenzie is very thought provoking. “The abundance (of visual images) raises issues of strategy, choice and discretion that this article addresses”.


Curriculum Corporation publications include:Teaching Viewing and Visual Texts -Primary – Rod Quin, Barrie McMahon and Robyn Quin
Picture This Reading Visual LAnguage – Rod Quin, Barrie McMahon and Robyn Quin
Image Matters Visual texts in the classroom – edited by Jon Callow
Viewing Comprehending Visual Texts RIC publication in 3 age groups – ages 5-7, 8-10 and 11+
Why Wait? A way into teaching critical literacies in the Early Years -Christine Ludwig
“What’s Hot” by Christine Ludwig and Suzette Holm. 

 Other useful publications include: 

Quin, Robyn; Quin, Rod.; McMahon, Barrie;  The big picture : reading visual language

, Vic.: Curriculum Corp, 1997

Grahame, Jenny.  Picture power

: English & Media Centre, 1996

Hancock, Joelie; Simpson, Anne; Reflecting on viewing. Volume 3 – INCLUDES UNITS OF WORK

Porich, Louise.; Porich, Greg
 Starting pre-reading : visual discrimination exercises : blackline masters
Moruya, N.S.W.: Burrabooks, 2002
 Unsworth, Len;  Teaching multiliteracies across the curriculum : changing contexts of text and image in classroom practice; Buckingham: Open University Press, 2001

Healy, Annah;  Teaching reading and writing in a multiliteracies context : classroom practice

Travers, Deirdre; Hancock, Joelie;
 Teaching viewing : ten units of learning with visual texts

 Burmark, Lynell, 1946-
Visual literacy : learn to see, see to learn

Alexandria, Va: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, c2002


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