2nd Edition

I See What You Mean Visual Literacy K-8

By Steve Moline Copyright 2011

    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?

    What's New in This Edition?; Part 1: Why?; Chapter 1: Do I Need This Book?; Chapter 2: Reading, Writing, and Thinking; Part 2: How?; Chapter 3: Visual Texts: an Overview; Chapter 4: Simple Diagrams; Chapter 5: Maps; Chapter 6: Analytic Diagrams; Chapter 7: Process Diagrams; Chapter 8: Structure Diagrams; Chapter 9: Graphs; Chapter 10: Graphic Design


    STEVE MOLINE has conducted workshops and given demonstration lessons for teachers on visual literacy across the primary and elementary curriculum in twenty states, as well in as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, and India. His audiences have included administrators, curriculum coordinators, graduate students, and teachers in a variety of educational settings, from schools and colleges to national and regional conventions of the International Reading Association. He currently writes and designs visual literacy resources for schools.

    "Different research strategies and diagrams that can help students bridge the gap from picture to essay make this a top recommendation."- Library Bookwatch
    "I See What You Mean is a great book, packed with useful information that every teacher will find interesting--and it may very well cause them to look at reading and writing in a different way." - MiddleWeb "It was a book I loved long ago and one I love again with Moline's fresh thinking. This book seems even more important now than it was years ago when I first fell in love with it. "  - A Year of Reading blog