Visual Literacy/Rhetoric

Amy Jo Southworth Visual Rhetoric Presentations (Please seek permission before using or modifying presentations)

Common Core Visual Literacy Standards Mention k-12

Great Resources
  1. NoodleTools Visual Literacy Presentation- GREAT
  2. Primary Source Nexus
  3. National Association for Media Literacy
  4. Handout: Media Literacy Questions
  5. Pinterest Boards
  6. The Visual Literacy Project
  7. CRAP Information
    1. CRAP Way to Improve

Visual Literacy/Rhetoric

  1. ISTE Visual Literacy Teaching Guide
  2. Teaching with Objects and Photographs Supporting and Enhancing Your Curriculum
  3. Visual Literacy Wiki
  4. Visual Literacy Toolbox: University of Maryland
  5. OWL Visual Rhetoric

  1. Joyce Valenza Great libguide

Color Theory
  1. OWL Purdue Slide Show

Video Tools
  1. Dragontape - Create Video Mixes
  2. TubeChop: Chop a Section from a YouTube Video
  3. Splicd: Edit YouTube Video length

  1. Seeing Everything: interactive photo lesson
  2. 9-11 Photo Journalism
  3. Visual Rhetoric and Persuasion
  4. Visual Argument Projects
  5. NY Times lesson

Published by Hot Butter Studio
Published by Hot Butter Studio

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  1. Kathy Shrock Infographics
  2. WebDesigner: Designing Quality Infographics
  3. 10 Tips for designing Infographics
  4. The Anatomy of an Infographic
  5. NY Times Teaching With Infographics (Consuming them)
  6. Teachers First Infographics Resources
  7. Infographics as an Infolit Product

  1. InfoStudies PowerPoint Tips!

The "Do My Slides Suck" Test
1) Do your slides contain mostly bullet points?
2) Do you have more than 12-15 words on a slide?
3) Do your slides add little or no new info beyond what you can say in words?
4) Are your slides, in fact, not memorable?
5) Are your slides emotionally empty?
6) Do your slides fail to encourage a deeper connection to or understanding of the topic?
7) Do your slides distort the data? (That's a whooooole different thing I'm not addressing now)
8) Do your slides encourage cognitive weakness? (refer to Tufte)
A "Yes" to any of those could be a huge red flag that something's wrong.
If you're still committed to slides, or if you're certain you need them, here's my favorite overall recommendation:
Put each slide on trial for its life. Ask it to defend itself. Show no mercy. Make it beg, make it plead, make it sell itself.
If it doesn't convince you, kill it. And if there aren't enough left to justify using slides, just say no.

Presentation Tips

  1. Garr Reynolds Article Top 10 Design Tips

Analyzing Images


What are the significant elements (i.e. people/groups) within the image? Strong images have multiple sections. Determine the various sections within the image.
What is missing from the image? Oftentimes when a person makes a prediction about how the text (or in this case images) could be altered, the person comes away with a greater understanding of what the image is actually conveying. What is missing from this image and why? How would the inclusion of this aspect alter the meaning of the image?
What emotion is derived from the image (either from the elements within the images or from your own response as a viewer of the image)? Did the artist intentionally try to draw out this emotion? How does it affect the viewing of the image? How does it alter your interpretation of the image?
What argument is being made in the image? (Hint: even the barest images can still be providing a striking argument). This will be a step beyond subject matter. What is the artist arguing about the subject matter?
How do the different elements (people/groups/setting) play off of one another? Closely examine the various significant elements interact with one another. How are they related? In what way? What does it signify about the argument?
What is the subject matter of the image? The more specific you are the better. Avoid the literal or generic. Consider what is really at stake in the image.