I can use visual thinking to draw conclusions or make inferences from an image in a nonfiction text and I can use details from an image to support my response to an open ended question.
Hook: Ask students their favorite ice cream flavor! Create a frequency table or tally chart of their favorite flavors.
Ask students, "What information does the table give me?" "What conclusions can I draw from this table?" This may sound simple but explain to the class that just how we draw information from this table, we can use tables in nonfiction text to help us draw conclusions which will help us to better understand the text.
Explain to students that they will be reading an article and be sure to look at the pictures and tables. The images will give them more understanding of the article.
article "Factory Girls," use the following link to be directed to the digital issue if you have a subscription
Have students use the picture note-taking template to envision what the lives of these girls must have been like.
Ask students to use what they know about life as they live it in comparison to the factory girls. Ask them to use and the new information from the article "Factory Girls" to respond to the following question: How are you better able understand the lives of the mill girls after reading the article and viewing the images?
Upon completion of these activities, students should come to the realization that images are essential to both fiction and nonfiction text. It should become apparent that pictures play a vital role in giving more information to help the reader better understand the text.