Instructions: Select a topic from the master list and inform your teacher which one you will cover. The first challenge involves research. You must identify ten

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A Visual Essay combines basic principles of essay organization with the clarity and convenience of visual aids. A marriage of the two concepts is what you will be expected to produce. The final product will provide you with a clearer understanding of one central topic related to World War I. It will be displayed in the classroom in order to inform your colleagues. Questions related to the Visual Essays will show up on the end of chapter quiz.


  • Select a topic from the master list and inform your teacher which one you will cover.

  • The first challenge involves research. You must identify TEN points that are essential to a clear understanding of the topic you have selected. Eventually, these ten points will be presented tastefully and artistically in a fetching collage of text, drawings and/or magazine cutouts.

  • Review the ten points you have identified as being essential to a clear understanding of your selected topic. Consider carefully which points could easily be represented visually – for this is probably more difficult than citing text.

  • Application of visuals and data will demand that you consider seriously the space you have available on the 8 X 14 piece of Bristol board you must procure yourselves.

  • Text points must be typed and placed strategically under, around or perhaps even over some of your images. You do not want these blocks of printed text to be more than five average length sentences long.

  • Each individual text block must be numbered 1-5 and each individual visual must be numbered 6-10.

  • You will affix (glue) a typed bibliography to the reverse side of your “Visual Essay” in which you must cite the source of your information and the author of either the print or visual text you have included in your collage (MLA or APA format). A list of websites is not a proper bibliography. Check “Easy Bib” on the library website.

  • The final products will be displayed in the classroom. On a day specified by the teacher groups of students will approach the display wall and individual students will be expected to write down at least three things they learned from each essay in their notes. We will discuss, as a group, the three most relevant points of each visual essay. These notes will be checked by the teacher in a future class.


  • Text blocks and images are to be glued neatly to the construction paper. TAPE IS ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED!!!

  • Images downloaded from the internet must be referenced in your bibliography. If black and white photocopies are used for colour images, please colour. See if can use a colour printer for these images. Photographs are an obvious exception.

  • Images cannot include political cartoons!

  • Text must not interfere with visuals, nor should visuals interfere with text!

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