Lesson Five

Primary Sources as Informational Text 

Introduction

 

"Information literacy" is the term used to describe the skills needed to access, evaluate and use information from all types of media. "Visual literarcy"is the ability to read and interpret what we see. The Common Core State Standards require students to "read informational text". Informational text has been expanded to include all "visual" images (photos, maps, posters, cartoons, etc.) The Library of Congress provides a wealth of primary sources that can be used to develop these skills.

The following activities will introduce you to the importance of visual literacy by analyzing informational text and the use of inquiry to support the Common Core State Standards.

Objectives

  • Understand the importance of visual literacy by reading informational text
  • Understand how inquiry can engage students, develop critical thinking skills, and construct knowledge
  • Use primary sources to support the teaching of the Common Core State Standards

Activity 1

Click on the link below to read the article "Reading images: an introduction to visual literacy"

http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/vlintro0602

1. When you have finished reading the article, Click on  Lesson 5, Activity 1- "Questions" under "Assignments" on the left.

2. Save it to the desktop and complete this activity.

3. Submit Lesson 5, Activity 1 using ReggieNet..

To Submit an Activity:

 

Click on the "Assignments" link on the left. Click on the correct assignment. Under Submissions, click on "Browse"/"Choose File". Find "Lesson 5, Activity 1" saved on your computer. Click on the file and click Open. The name of the file will appear below "Attachments". Click on the "Submit" button.

*Go to Activity 2

Activity 2

Click on the link below to view the video Historical Detective Work from the Teaching Channel.

https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/teaching-tips-that-work?fd=1

 

When you have finished reviewing these websites, Click on the Reset tool next to Assignments at the top of the page. Click on Lesson 5, Activity 2 - "Questions" under "Assignments" on the left.  

3. Save it to the desktop and complete this activity.

4. Submit Lesson 5, Activity 2  using ReggieNet.

To Submit an Activity:

 

Click on the "Assignments" link on the left. Click on the correct assignment. Under Submissions, click on "Browse"/"Choose File". Find "Lesson 5, Activity 2" saved on your computer. Click on the file and click Open. The name of the file will appear below "Attachments". Click on the "Submit" button.

*Go to Activity 3

Activity 3

1. Click on the link below to view the Supporting Inquiry with Primary Sources module.

http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/selfdirected/inquiry/index.html

You do not need to submit anything for this activity.

 

*Go to Lesson 6