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        Visual Literacy: Questioning the Image

        Visual literacy is a cross-curricular method of instruction that educators may incorporate in their lesson plans for students across all grade levels. Visual literacy instruction enables students to utilize critical thinking skills to understand and evaluate imagery. According to Visual Thinking Strategies, “VTS transforms the way students think and learn through programs based in theory and research that use discussions of visual art to significantly increase student engagement and performance.” Images may include art, photography, illustrations, advertisements, political cartoons, and other visuals that surround students.

        Visual Literacy Questions:

        What's going on in this image?
        What do you see that makes you say that?
        What more can you find?

        The Geese, anti-clerical caricature from 'L'Assiette au Beurre', 17th May 1902

        Jossot, Henri Gustave (b.1866) Medium: colour lithograph. Date: 1902.

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        Tadpoles | Animals, Habitats, and Ecosystems

        Tadpoles, amphibians, young, pond, movement, frogs, swimming.

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        Berlin Commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day | Remembering the Holocaust

        BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 27: A participant of a memorial event holds a rainbow flag at a ceremony at the memorial to the homosexuals persecuted by the Nazis on January 27, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Thousands of people will come together today to remember and honour the millions killed in the Holocaust and mark the for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops on 27th January, 1945.

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        The Study

        Fantin-Latour, Ignace Henri Jean (1836-1904) Medium: oil on canvas.

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        One Year Anniversary Of BP Oil Spill Approaches | Human Impact on the Physical Environment | Geography

        DAUPHIN ISLAND, AL - APRIL 18: People fish with an oil rig in the background April 18, 2011 in Dauphin Island, Alabama. Dauphin Island's beaches were impacted by oil from the BP oil spill. April 20th marks the one-year anniversary of the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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        Pyongyang Falls | The Cold War | The 20th Century Since 1945: Postwar Politics

        circa 1950: An elderly woman and her grandchild wander among the debris of their wrecked home in the aftermath of an air raid by U.S. planes over Pyongyang, the Communist capital of North Korea. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

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        Jewish Refugee | World War II

        A young Jewish refugee receives medical care at a camp near Windermere in Cumbria, 1946. The camp is known as the Calgarth Housing Estate and is run by the Central British Jewish Relief Fund for young people rescued from the Holocaust. Original Publicatio

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        Animals, 1913

        Marc, Franz (1880-1916) Medium: watercolour on paper. Date: 1913.

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        The Thames below Westminster, 1871

        Monet, Claude (1840-1926) Medium: oil on canvas. Date: 1871.

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        Environmental Activists Protest | Human Impact on the Physical Environment | Geography

        NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Anti-fracking demonstrators protest on 51st Street and 7th Avenue as President Obama arrives at the Sheraton Hotel, at 52nd Street, on September 23, 2014 in New York City. As the UN General Assembly begins, demonstrators have taken the opportunity to protest in front of the 140 heads of state expected to be in New York, NY.

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        King Lear and the Fool in the Storm, Act III Scene 2 from 'King Lear' by William Shakespeare

        Boulanger, Louis (1806-67) Medium: oil on canvas. Date: 1836.

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        'The Fly', plate 37 from 'Songs of Innocence and of Experience' [Bentley 40] c.1789-94

        Blake, William (1757-1827) Medium: relief etching printed in dark brown with pen, ink and watercolour. Date: 18th Century.

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        Transporting Chinese Ceramics, 15th Century

        This is a fifteenth-century Turkish painting (done in the Chinese style) of Chinese ceramics being transported for trade along the Silk Road. Fine Chinese ceramics were a prized trade good. Merchants from Middle East nations like Turkey acted as middlemen between European and Chinese merchants when trading on the Silk Road.

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        The Irish Girl, 1860

        Brown, Ford Madox (1821-93) Medium: oil on canvas laid down on board. Date: 1860.

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        DNC Holds Meeting On Seating Florida And Michigan Delegates | U.S. Presidential Elections 2008

        WASHINGTON: Supporters of Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton march from Rock Creek Park to rally in her support as the Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws Committee prepares to meet May 31, 2008.

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        Tokyo Trains | Evolution of the Railroad (Engine)

        23rd February 1970: 'Pushers' at work on Tokyo's Shinjuku station in the rush hour. They are employed to pack as many passengers as possible into the 'sardine' specials, especially in winter when commuters wear heavy overcoats. (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images)

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        Ham the Chimp, First Hominid in Space | NASA Missions and Milestones in Space Flight

        Ham the Chimp,' the first homonid in space, shown in the seat in which he rode during the 16-minute ballistic flight of the Mercury-Redstone 2 (MR-2) rocket in January of 1961. Ham's name is an acronym for the lab that prepared him for his historic mission - the Holloman Aerospace Medical Center in Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico.

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        Interior of a Room with Geographers and Mathematicians, c.1680-90

        French School, (17th century) Medium: oil on canvas. Date: 17th Century.

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        March on Washington | Civil Rights

        28th August 1963: Over 200,000 people gather around the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, where the civil rights March on Washington ended with Martin Luther King's 'I Have A Dream' speech. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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        The writer Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy ploughing with horses, 1889

        Repin, Ilya Efimovich (1844-1930). Medium: oil on canvas. Date: 1889.

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        The Leader of the pack | Animals, Habitats, and Ecosystems

        <p>The Leader of the pack - Lionness at Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa</p>

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        Civil War 'Contrabands' | African-American History

        Portrait of Civil War contrabands, fugitive slaves who were emancipated upon reaching the North, sitting outside a house, possibly in Freedman's Village in Arlington, Virginia, mid 1860s.

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        New Year, France hopes for better days, illustration from 'Le Petit Journal', 1st January 1911

        French School, (20th century) Medium: colour lithograph. Date: 1911.

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