I have attached one of the visual literacy resources I developed for my Year 8 class last year. What they were able to 'see' in the images surprised me. Brainstorming on the board was followed by working on putting their ideas into well structured and textually referenced paragraphs.
Hope you find it useful
Students of all ages enjoy activities that involve visual literacy skills. They seem to have an intuitive ability to 'read' different types of texts that employ visuals and to be aware of the interplay of literal and metaphoric meaning. I recently did an Environment unit with a Stage 4 class, impressed by their enthusiasm and evaluative insight. It is important to build on this with close study of picture books and use of visual imagery in the media.
Stage 6 content also taps into this ability to 'read' visual texts not only in the Standard 'Distinctively Visual' elective but as a general representational tool across all courses and electives. I find one of the most time-consuming activities when designing presentation resources is the tracking down of that elusive 'perfect' image that I want to use. Recent preparation and revamping of 'Discovery', 'Journey' and 'Crime Writing' media presentations have stressed the emotive impact of visual imagery.
That is probably why I have become such a Pinterest addict because it offers a richer mix of evocative imagery than found simply through a google search. Tricks and tips have helped refine my searches not only for inspirational images but for associated quotes. As yet, I have limited boards but they may provide you with some eye-catching images.