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The Best Resources On Close Reading Paintings, Photos & Videos

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Close reading is a phrase and technique known by just about any teacher trying to apply the Common Core Standards (see The Best Resources On “Close Reading” — Help Me Find More).

And visual images can also function as the “texts” on which we can also apply close reading strategies.

Here are some of the best resources I’ve found providing suggestions on how to do just that – feel free to add to this list in the comments:

Ed Week shared this fantastic lesson from the Teaching Channel today (if the video doesn’t show below because of problems with the embed code, you can go directly to their site here):

10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills is from The New York Times Learning Network.

Close Reading Constable’s “The Hay Wain” and Turner’s “The Fighting Temeraire” is from Used Books in Class.

Frank W. Baker’s site is fantastic, and you can read his four-part Middleweb series on this topic here.

The National Archives has a well-known photo-analysis worksheet.

Trevor Bryan has created a nice visual on analyzing visuals building on ideas from the great book, Falling In Love With Close Reading.

Analyzing Primary Sources: Learning From Images has an excellent series of guiding questions that could be used to close-read any visual image. It was created by the Barat Education Foundation.

Using Art to Teach Critical Thinking is from Edutopia.

“I Could Do That” Is A Great Video For Anyone Interested In Close Reading (& For TOK Teachers)

“Half a Source”, or “How will this story end?”: The perfect question to promote engagement with sources is from Rusel Tarr.

Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies is by Todd Finley at Edutopia.

Analyzing the Elements of Art | Five Ways to Think About Line is from The New York Times Learning Network.

8 Compelling Mini-Documentaries to Teach Close Reading and Critical Thinking Skills is from The New York Times Learning Network.

Carol Jago shared this great video from Poynter from Poynter “close reading” this popular 2014 Super Bowl commercial.

It’s pretty sophisticated, but does provide a nice example of the sort of thing educators can have students do with video:

See Wonder Think is from The Teaching Channel:

Top 10 Fav. Digital Texts! and 10 More Digital Texts That Teach! are from LitLearnAct.

Teaching Students the Rules of Notice is by Jeffrey Wilhelm.

How to Help Kids Be Active Video Viewers is by Frank Baker and appeared at Middleweb.

Want to resist the post-truth age? Learn to analyze photos like an expert would is from Quartz.

What One Photo Tells Us About North Korea’s Nuclear Program is from The New York Times.

Media Literacy: How To Close Read Infographics is by Frank Baker at Middleweb.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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