Visual Devices Tips
In an increasingly complex world, students are bombarded with information in the form of visual texts or devices such as graphs, charts, and maps. Visual literacy or the ability to analyze and interpret these types of texts is critical to students' success as they transition from the classroom to the real world.
Why Use Visual Devices
Visual Devices feature seventeen different types of visual texts. Step-by-step guided instruction, colorful and engaging examples, and opportunities for independent student work will enable students to master visual literacy for life.
How to Use Visual Devices
How to Use Visual Devices is a handy reference tool that explains the easy three-step process to teach all the Visual Devices lessons.
Resources that accompany each Visual Device
- Teacher Lesson Plan
- Introduce and Teach projectable
- Guided Practice projectable
- Apply the Skill worksheet
Step 1: Introduce and Teach
Use an engaging model to introduce and define the featured visual text and identify its basic components.
Step 2: Guided Practice
Guide students through analyzing and applying the visual text's features as the class collaborates on building a version of the text with step-by-step teacher-led instructions.
Step 3: Apply the Skill
GIve students the opportunity to apply what they have learned to independent creation of a visual text, either on their own or as a group.
Other Resources for Informational Texts
- Shared Reading nonfiction books ensure early readers work with informational texts.
- Our Close Reading Packs contain a large selection of informational text to support reading multiple, short texts closely.
- Visual Devices feature explicit instruction on text elements, such as graphs, charts, maps, schedules, or other visual texts.
- Content Area Reading organizes leveled books into featured groups of common content area topics.