Reading and producing photographs is one way that students can learn about visual literacy. The following activities may be used to help students develop a better understanding of how images create meaning. Many of these activities can be adapted for use with students from primary through to the end of secondary. As is true with most learning activities it is preferable to have students working in pairs or small groups.
During the following activities students are asked to think about the decisions made by the photographer in constructing the photo, and what the reasons for the decisions might be. They should also think about the purpose for the photograph (e.g. family photo, part of an advertisement, etc.) and the expected audience.
Organize a Photo Hunt
Frame a Photo
Consider What’s Outside of the Frame
Teach Critical Literacy
Find the Focal Point
The following activities give students the oportunity to learn more about the constructed nature of visual text by becoming the photographer.
Photograph your School Neighbourhood
Use Photographs as Illustrations
Go from Photograph to Advertisement
Use as Inspiration for Writing