Improving Student Ability in Interpreting Visual Sources through Action Research, pp. 6 of 14

Teaching persuasive techniques and the Triangle Method

The PLT team adopted a three stage process to teach persuasive techniques outlined in Figure 1

Figure 1. Techniques to Teach Persuasive Techniques

Stage 1: Teaching of Persuasive Techniques

  1. Hook activity
    Use of a hook activity to activate students' prior knowledge on persuasive techniques
  2. Introduction to the Triangle Method

Stage 2: Teaching of ‘Triangle’ Technique 

  1. Explicit teaching of the Triangle Method in historical topic
  1. Dividing pictures into 3 parts
  2. Noting all the details of the source in 3 parts
  3. Deciding which details in the source are most important
  4. Drawing a triangle and putting the 3 important details for analysis
  5. Based on the details of the triangle, develop a historical interpretation / message for the source
  6. Provide evidence to support answers using  information from stage (ii) and (iii)

Stage 3: Modeling with students using a pictorial source and application to new political cartoon/ pictorial source

Use of visual sources from the topic on Stalin’s Russia to model an answer for the students. Post Test worksheet given for students to apply what they have learned in the lesson.

Related Teaching Materials

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An Inspiring Quote

"[Open-mindedness] includes an active desire to listen to more sides than one; to give heed to facts from whatever source they come; to give full attention to alternative possibilities; to recognize the possibility of error even in the beliefs that are dearest to us."

~ John Dewey, How We Think

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