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Strategies for an Effective Reading Process: Reading Visuals

Visual literacy, simply put, is the ability to understand and interpret images. As with other types of reading, students can apply strategies to determine what the images mean, the content they represent, their purposes, their sources, their biases, and their uses. Faculty can share the following strategies to improve students' visual literacy of common visuals they will encounter.


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Understanding the role of visuals in a textbook

Reading tables

Reading charts

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Reading graphs

Reading diagrams

Reading photographs

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Reading comics and cartoons