Visual Literacy Resources & Toolkit

Resources for Teachers

Frank W. Baker created a website dedicated to the promotion of visual literacy. It contains a wide array of readings and resources, as well as an extensive list of lesson plans.

Analyzing Visuals in Print offers strategies to analyze any image one may encounter, whether it’s a painting, a drawing, a photograph, or an advertisement. Analyzing images will help learners better understand the reactions they evoke. provides a VL tutorial, after which students should be able to evaluate advantages and disadvantages of visual representations, to improve their shortcomings, to use them to create and communicate knowledge, or to devise new ways of representing insights.

A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods This resource gathers an impressive amount of visualization methods and organizes them into a "table of elements". Areas are divided by data, information, concept, strategy, metaphor, and compound visualization.

Teach with Movies (TWM) Provides teachers with ideas on how to create lesson plans using movies and film.

Film Study Worksheets for Documentaries Teach with Movies (TWM) offers two film study worksheets designed to help teachers quickly create lesson plans based on documentary films; one is for movies that are primarily informational and the other is for films designed to persuade the viewer on a matter of political or social significance.

JakesOnline provides suggestions for using various online resources for improving visual literacy skills in students.

Gary Abud, 2014 Michigan Teacher of the Year, created a website containing several digital activities for visual literacy


This film was created by students in an effort to urge educators to place more emphasis on visual literacy in the classroom. It explains why visuals are so important in the learning experience, and touches on the dual coding theory of cognitive science.

In this powerful interview, Martin Scorsese looks back on his experience in film, starting as a boy. Reflecting on the use of visuals, he explains, "there are certain tools...that become part of a vocabulary, that's just as valid as the vocabulary that is used in literature, and in our language"