• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

This book offers lively literacy lessons for children aged 5 to 11, including imagination and visualization, picture books, photographs, paintings, films and television, and comics.


Photographs may be an art form as well as illustration. How to use photographs to stimulate discussion and lead into narrative is the basis for this chapter. Digital cameras have made it possible and even desirable to incorporate photography into lessons. Photographs are instant and can be manipulated by use of software so that they become an art form. Even photographs of quite ordinary things may be made to look strange or sinister and can form the basis for discussion and writing. Hobbs (1996) discusses the ‘paradoxical nature of images’ and asks the questions:

  • Do images tell the truth?
  • What meanings do different people see in images?
  • How do words shape the meanings of images?
  • How do the authors of images shape their messages?
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