Modeling Visual Rhetorical Analysis for ENGL 250

shared by tgcox on December 4, 2017

Activity Summary:

A lesson plan modeling visual rhetorical analysis.


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  1.       Write down a description of the picture. Factual only. No interpretation, just what is in the picture (2-3 minutes)
  2.       Share with a partner (1-2 minutes)
  3.       Go over as class

THINK, PAIR, SHARE/ SMALL GROUP 4 (two turn and talk partners)

  1.       Identify the rhetor, the intended audience, the rhetor’s intended message/purpose for the actual cover (2-3 minutes)
  2.       Share with partner, decide on message/purpose, identify evidence for why you think this is the message/purpose
  3.       Go over as class, write answers on board
  4.       In same groups, identify potential issues/miscommunications/ “other” non-intended messages viewers could get from the cover
  5.       Go over as class
  6.     Have class group by whether cover is effective or ineffective as a visual text.
  7.     Fishbowl discussion, groups explaining why they think its effective then ineffective. Observers taking notes of points raised.