Writing is about making and keeping a promise
A visual analysis essay asks you to analyze an image and discuss the context, significance, and the message it conveys to the audience.
· An iconic image or photograph with a global implication.
· An image or picture in U.S. with social, cultural, political, historical impact on another country/ region in the world
· A significant image or picture in another country/ region in the world and its social, cultural, political, historical impact on U.S., other countries, or the rest of the world
· Two images or pictures of one issue/ event but in two different countries, regions in the world
· A significant global issue
· An issue with political, cultural, or social significant in another country other than U.S.
· UN, UNESCO, WHO website
· (Submit a copy/ picture of image with final draft)
· Format and length
· MLA format, in-text citation, works cited page
· 2 ½ -3 pages
· At least two credible sources (NO Wikipedia!) preferably from the library databases:
· http://www.lonestar.edu/library/14629.htm > Topic overviews > “Opposing Viewpoints,” “Issues and Controversies,” > CQ Researcher
· United Nations, UNESCO, World Health Organization
· Introduce the issue and provide background information relevant to the topic.
· Origin (if possible, research and find out the location and circumstances of the picture and photographer/ publisher)
· Brief description, Audience, Context (social, historical, political, …)
· Thesis: claim + reflection ( global implication and significance of the issue)
· Body paragraphs
· Description and Brief Analysis of the picture/ image in detail: (1 paragraph)
· Colors and shades, Objects and shapes, People and places
· Arrangement of elements on page, Foreground and background
· Words/ phrase
· Feelings that evokes in the audience
· Reason behind these choices/ arrangements/ ….
· In-depth descriptive details
· Analyze and discuss the emotional effects on the audience and the reason behind these choices
· Analysis of global implication and significance:
· Social, historical, political context and of the photograph/ political cartoon (2-3 paragraph)
· Who/ what is affected by this issue? Why?
· Who/ what is responsible and is able to resolve this issue
· What should be done to stop/ reduce the consequences of this issue or what practical solution could you suggest? (1 paragraph)
· The global significance of the issue
· So what:
· Why should the audience care?
· How is the audience affected by this issue?
· What action do you expect the audience to take?
Picture annotation & Brainstorming sheet in class Tuesday, 09/18
Thesis/ outline Thursday, 09/20
Rough draft (in class) Thursday, 09/27
Final draft (in drop box) Tuesday, 10/02
Visual analysis Essay Rubric:
When writing your essay, you should consider these things:
MLA Format (10 points)
Global concerns: (75 points)
· Effective title
· Developed introduction including:
· Background information
· Thesis statement: global implication and significance
· Fully developed paragraphs discussing/ analyzing each element and section in separate, developed paragraphs
· Argumentative topic sentences
· 2 Evidence (direct quotation, summary, examples, definitions, logical and objective reasoning and claims)
· Analysis of the evidence (refer to index of template if needed)
· Concluding sentence/transition to the next paragraph
· Effective conclusion
Local concerns: (15 points)
· Correct spelling, punctuation, and mechanics
· Academic tone and word choices
· No MLA format: -10
· Incorrect or No in-text citation/ works cited page: -10
· No submission of the image -5
· Writing Center review of rough draft + 3 extra point