The New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. made a seemingly impossible one-handed reception to score a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys.

The New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. made a seemingly impossible one-handed reception to score a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys. Al Bello/Getty Images

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Images are all around us, and the ability to interpret them meaningfully is a vital skill for students to learn.

Here is the 2014 New York Times Year in Pictures. The New York Times released 100 photos. The photography is stunning, thought-provoking and definitely conversation starters.

Engage your students by:

Directing them to look closely at the picture.

Ask the following questions:

  1. What’s going on in the picture?
  2. What do you see that makes you say that? Cite the evidence
  3. What more can you find?

Use them in your instruction to engage students in “visual literacy.”

 

Here is a great resource from the UNC School of Education on visual literacy.

 

UNC School of Education – Reading images: an introduction to visual literacy

 

The New York Times also printed an article on how the selected the 2014 Pictures of the Year.

Choosing the 2014 Pictures of the Year

 

In addition, the Washington Post has released their Best Editorial Cartoons of 2014.

 

Angela Alexander