Camden Hills Regional High School

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Visual Literacy
Ms. Gillette
Room 124 - Period White 3

Photographs, advertisements, maps, websites, television programs and movies, artwork: we are constantly ‘reading’ non-print texts for meaning.   This course will provide the opportunity to consider the visual messages being broadcast through understanding and evaluating the purpose, author, subject, medium and genre, composition, audience, and context which shapes those texts’ meanings. Students can expect regular analytical writing in response to the viewed texts.  Students will also design a series of projects in selected types of non-print texts (e.g. advertisements, book covers, film trailers, and maps) using software available on MLTI laptops to demonstrate knowledge of the principles of visual literacy in a hands-on way.


Students will be able to:

  • understand that images are messages that are deliberately constructed with economic, political, social, and aesthetic purposes
  • analyze the elements of a single image (photo, chart/graph, artwork, advertisement, map)
  • analyze the elements of a series of images (graphic novel, photo series, movie scene)
  • analyze the ways in which context and juxtaposition of text and image affect the message
  • speak and write critically about the ways in which visual images communicate
  • construct deliberate messages with economic, political, social, and aesthetic purposes and reflect on choices made within their own work (using Pages, Keynote, iMovie, InDesign, and other MLTI-available software)
Grading Policy:

50% PROCESS (Informal work through which student is developing knowledge: in-class projects, overnight design assignments, rough drafts of major work, reading quizzes over assigned articles, thoughtful contribution toward discussion as well as lack of distraction away from class atmosphere.)

50% PRODUCT (Formal work that ends unit study: essays analyzing visual texts, hands-on projects demonstrating visual awareness, major capstone self-designed project.  Out-of-class work should reflect thoughtful development, editing, and revision.)

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