Students need to learn how to read images, including images linked with texts, for many of the same reasons they learn how to analyze and interpret purely verbal texts -- essays, memoirs, articles, and other forms of nonfiction; poems, stories, plays, and other genres of literature. Most of the general strategies used for interpreting and analyzing verbal texts can be imported to the analysis and interpretation of images. However, some of the particular techniques for analyzing and understanding images differ. This site offers an approach to reading images, including images linked with text.
Practical suggestions are given for approaching images, making observations, making connections, drawing inferences, and formulating a conclusion. This kind of focused analysis not only allows for a more indepth consideration of image and text independently but also provides for the gradual development of a reader/viewer's understanding. Its goal is to slow down the analytical process, making it more deliberate (and deliberative) and providing a student with time to build an interpretation while laying a foundation beneath it.