Visual Learning Lessons

What is that photo trying to say? With playfulness and imagination, interpret and make meaning of a single, peculiar image that is connected to a global issue or concern.

Visual Learning: Who Is That Masked Man?
by Mirabai Troll
This Visual Literacy lesson will get your students thinking about the Occupy Wall Street movement, and what's behind a mask.
Visual Learning: You Say Tomato, I Say Tomahto
by Mirabai Troll
Visual Learning activity using an image of industrial tomato field in the central valley of California.
Visual Learning: To Dye For
by Idil Levitas
This Visual Learning lesson will get your students thinking about where their clothes come from and how colorful fabric is made.
Visual Learning: We Are the 99%
by Idil Levitas
This Visual Learning lesson will get your students thinking about how much information they want to know about where their food comes from.
Visual Learning: Boom!
by Idil Levitas
This Visual Learning lesson will get your students thinking about the devastation that oil spills can have on human and marine life.
Visual Learning: "Out of many, one"
by Katelin Carter
This Visual Learning lesson will get your students thinking about the growing number of organizations dedicated to making this world a better place, and how art has a magical, powerful way of making bold statements.
Visual Learning: “Who’s that swimming in my pool?”
by Katelin Carter
This Visual Learning lesson will get your students thinking about their relationship with nature, and how development affects wild animals.
Visual Learning: Paper Cranes for Peace
by Callie Recknagel
With this YES! lesson plan, try to truly understand an image, its message, and why it’s interesting (or not). In this case it's all about peace.
Visual Learning: Out of the Blue
by Callie Recknagel
This Visual Learning lesson will get your students thinking about where their water comes from, and the effectiveness (or not) of public demonstrations.
Visual Learning: Sacred Water
by Breanne Durham
This Visual Learning lesson will get your students thinking about the sacred places in their lives, and who typically is exposed to environmental health risks.
Visual Learning: Cone in the Cob
by Breanne Durham
With this YES! lesson plan, try to truly understand an image, its message, and why it’s interesting (or not). In this case it's all about simplicity.
Visual Learning: A Slow, Press-ious Process
by Jing Fong
With this YES! lesson plan, try to truly understand an image, its message, and why it’s interesting (or not). In this case it's all about local, sustainable farming.
Visual Learning: Happiness Is Where You Find It
by Jing Fong
With this YES! lesson plan, try to truly understand an image, its message, and why it’s interesting (or not). In this case it's all about happiness.
Visual Learning: Are You Really What You Wear?
by Jing Fong
With this YES! lesson plan, try to truly understand an image, its message, and why it’s interesting (or not). In this case it's all about a different image of Iran.
Visual Learning: Have Wheels, Will Travel
by Alyssa Austin
With this YES! lesson plan, you and your students can luxuriate—and pause—to truly understand an image, its message, and why it’s interesting (or not). In this case it's all about bikes.