Visual Multimedia Elements and Meaning


This lesson teaches students how to learn the meaning of something using visual or multimedia elements. They will not depend on just the text to find answers to their questions. In fact, at some points in the lesson, they will have to come up with the text themselves.

Visual Multimedia Elements and Meaning is designed for 5th grade students. Throughout the lesson, they will use pictures as clues to decipher the meaning of texts. There are several activities to engage students in learning about this interesting topic.

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What our Visual Multimedia Elements and Meaning lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Visual Multimedia Elements and Meaning teaches students to analyze visual elements and text to find the meaning. Throughout the lesson, students will be able to make connections between multimedia elements and text. Eventually, they will be able to determine how these elements influence different aspects of text.

Specifically, the lesson describes how to analyze the content of a text using its surrounding resources. Such resources include diagrams, illustrations, maps, and photographs. You will teach your students how visual media elements supplement texts. By the end the lesson, students should understand how visual elements enhance, or hinder, the text they surround.

The lesson starts off describing the idea of context and how it provides meaning. Students will write the meaning of certain shapes without any text. You can expect that they will recognize most or all of the shapes and identify their meanings. For instance, there’s a stop sign, but it does not have the word “stop” on it. There is also a crosswalk sign.

Students will then try to guess the meaning of one comic strip. And they will fill in what they think the text should be of another based on context. The exercise will help them understand how context gives clues to the meaning of texts.


There are two activities in this lesson. The first requires students to study text and image separately. First, they will study the image. Then, they will read the story that accompanies it. Afterward, they will answer four questions about the story and the image.

The other activity presents more illustrations. Based on what they see, students will answer a couple questions for each one. And for the first one, they will also get to caption word bubbles. They get to decide what the characters are saying!


For the practice worksheet, students will analyze a story without a picture. They will answer the question that follows. Then they must read another story. This time, a picture accompanies it. Students have to answer questions based on what the context of the picture.


The homework may be the most fun activity of the lesson! Students must write a short story and include a title. Then, to illustrate the story, they have to draw pictures in a movie panel. They will have to make sure the pictures represent the story.

Additional information


5th Grade



State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.