‘Vivacious Visual Literacy!’ An innovative assessment task for Grade 9 Visual Literacy by @apeters522

imageThis is another lovely guest post from Anthony Peters @apeters522 who is an innovative English teacher from Parklands College in Cape Town. In previous posts Anthony shared two exciting activities Shakespeare QR code Scavenger Hunt Assessment and Awesome Aurasma – teaching the different forms of humour to a Grade 9 class’ In this latest post below he shares on assessing Visual Literacy using ‘Mission Impossible’ and an ever-enthusiastic school staff! Thank you for your great sharing Anthony and Parklands College!

“In an attempt to liven up the often mundane and monotonous visual literacy, the English Department at Parklands College threw something new into the mix! 

Typically, GET learners are expected to be able to recognize a plethora of different angles and shots (e.g. ‘Low angle long shot’). Learners are then expected to ascertain the ‘hidden meaning’ behind such shot and angle choices and how they affect the perception of the viewer.

Visual Literacy

In order to ‘spice up’ this potentially tedious language area, I created our very own ‘Mission Impossible’ fictitious scenario using iMovie and a myriad of bizarre photos. This consisted of our Head of Department, Sue Smid, being kidnapped by another English educator, Jess Hugo! In order to guarantee the safe return of our ‘borrowed boss’, the learners had to correctly identify both the angle and shot of the various photos that they were presented with. This iMovie video was accompanied by a remix of Mission Impossible to add to the exciting (and amusing) context!”

Here is the video:

SchoolNet says: Thank you to Anthony Peters and the creative English Department at Parklands College in Cape Town for sharing this great post with us.

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