Reading Graphic Selections – More Practice

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By Corina Koch MacLeod and Carla Douglas

A few months ago, we posted tips for improving visual literacy with infographics. As we’ve noted before, many students struggle with visual literacy and have difficulty reading and understanding the graphic selections required for the OSSLT. Below you’ll find additional tips for practicing these skills.

The Internet provides nearly infinite opportunities for reading graphic selections. Most web pages include some or all of the following:
  • headings and text in a variety of arrangements and fonts
  • numbers, bullets and other visual features
  • maps
  • photographs
  • icons
  • symbols and corporate logos
  • pictures
  • animation
  • video clips

The most distinctive feature of Web pages is that they are interactive. For this reason, in order to get the full meaning of Web page contents, reading practice for these selections should happen online.
The following websites are rich with the kinds of visual features and graphic elements students need to interact with in order to improve visual literacy. Select one of these or one of your own choice and try out the suggestions provided in Reading Graphic Selections – Exploring Web Sites, which follows.

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