Food for Thought Friday: What Do Iconic Images Have To Do With Close Reading?

Today’s guest blogger is Ellen Resnek, DHSE social studies teacher. 

by Ellen Resnek

As I am reflecting on my Cycle 3 project, I came across this article and was intrigued at the implications for our teaching of close reading.

What do iconic images have to do with close reading?

Historic newspaper photographs or viral social media images can help students develop close reading and visual literacy skills by analyzing why certain pictures have the power to become cultural icons, media literacy expert Frank Baker writes in this article called “Help Students Close Read Iconic Images” on Middleweb. He offers several online sources for archived photo collections, videos and written resources to study iconic images.

Take some time to read the article this weekend and let us know what you think at


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