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:
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.
The National Archives has a well-known photo-analysis worksheet.
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.
Idea for reclaiming conversation – invite students to describe the conversation in various Edward Hopper paintings. pic.twitter.com/vRnPpHT78G
— Carol Jago (@CarolJago) October 22, 2015
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:
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.
What One Photo Tells Us About North Korea’s Nuclear Program is from The New York Times.