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I See What You Mean (2/e)

  • Title:I See What You Mean: Visual Literacy, K-8 (2/e)
  • Author:Steve Moline
  • Publication Date:November 2011
  • Grade Level:K-8
  • ISBN:9781571108401
  • Publisher:Stenhouse

Some educators may view diagrams, pictures, and charts as nice add-on tools for students who are visual thinkers. But Steve Moline sees visual literacy as fundamental to learning and to what it means to be human. In Moline's view, we are all bilingual. Our second language, which we do not speak but which we read and write every day, is visual. From reading maps to decoding icons to using concept webs, visual literacy is critical to success in today's world.

The first edition of I See What You Mean, published in 1995, was one of the first books for teachers to outline practical strategies for improving students' visual literacy. In this new and substantially revised edition, Steve continues his pioneering role by including dozens of new examples of a wide range of visual texts--from time maps and exploded diagrams to digital tools like smartphone apps and "tactile texts." In addition to the new chapters and nearly 200 illustrations, Steve has reorganized the book in a useful teaching sequence, moving from simple to complex texts.

In one research strategy, called recomposing, Steve shows how to summarize paragraphs of information not as a heap of "interesting facts" but as a diagram. The diagram can then work as a framework for students to follow when writing an essay. This overcomes the teacher's problem of "cut and paste" essays, and, by following their own diagram-summary, students have an answer to their familiar questions, "Where do I start? What do I write next?"

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Author Bio

Steve Moline is a writer, illustrator, and book designer who writes for children under the name of David Drew. He is an honors graduate in English Literature from the University of Sydney, Australia, and was for ten years the education publisher at Methuen Australia. Since 1986 he has written and designed more than one hundred books for the series Informazing, Realization, and InfoActive. Steve has conducted workshops for teachers on visual literacy across the primary and elementary curriculum (and given demonstration lessons) in twenty states, as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, and India. He has addressed administrators, curriculum coordinators, graduate students, and teachers in a variety of educational settings including school district offices, TAWL groups, training colleges, and schools, as well as at national and regional conventions of the International Reading Association. Steve has worked in a number of Illinois elementary and primary classrooms developing inservice videos on cross-curricular literacy for teachers, and has drawn on a range of New York elementary students' work with visual texts for his books. His other books for teachers include The Information Toolkit.

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