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Responding to Texts with VISUAL LANGUAGE

Responding to Texts with VISUAL LANGUAGE


Instead of having your students respond to texts in written form, why not practice using visual language by giving them these prompts which require the use of colour, symbolism and graphics to illustrate their thoughts?  Prompts cover:

  • Character
  • Events
  • Setting and
  • Wider ideas (including main ideas, purpose and point of view of both the creator and the student).


Prompts range from the relatively simple (eg, create a colour swatch to show mood - thinking about the connotations of colour) to the more complex requiring students to consider how a text illustrates ideas about human behaviour or trends in our world, creator purpose, points of view and how points of view are formed.


This resource is aimed at students in Years 10 to 12, but could also be used by younger students if you took out the more complex prompts, or students in Year 13 know...they're year 13.


With this resource you get:


Printable prompts - multiple on each page.   You could:

  • Print, cut out and laminate the prompts.  Students come and choose one, then when they've finished with it, return it to your 'Prompts' container.  Making them reusable justifies printing in colour I reckon!
  • Print, cut out and have students choose a prompt which they glue into their books where they complete their response.  (I would definitely be printing in black and white for that one!)
  • You could share this document with students digitally so that they can choose prompts at home or for a relief lesson ... or to save on printing.


A presentation for your big screen.  Use the hyperlinks from the presentation title page to move quickly to the section you wish to focus on (characters, events, setting or ideas), then select a prompt.  Put this up on your big screen for the whole class to see.  No printing costs with this method!



This resource is in Microsoft PowerPoint but is not editable.  You can, however, add your own prompt ideas to the empty boxes provided by inserting a text box and your own graphics.

You can easily upload to your Google Drive if you prefer the Google suite.



You might also like the Response Journal for Google Sheets (students complete on a Google Sheet and can then read across rows for complete chapter/scene summaries, or read down columns for a robust set of notes about each element of literature).



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