tom chambers
Teacher, Technology Applications

Vocabulary Building Through Visualization Of Word Meanings To Create Digital Art

Lesson Plan Published 8/1/11 Last updated on 7/17/18
Typical vocabulary building begins with looking up words in the dictionary for their meanings, and this approach was used initially with the project, DA_7_8_RYSS by having the students go online and look up the definitions for their assigned words to begin to have an understanding. Retention of this understanding was the important component of the project, and a second approach was used by having the students visualize the meanings in Photoshop to begin to move towards remembering the word concepts and to also create digital art … a product or byproduct, if you will, as a part of the process. Vocabulary enhancement came to the forefront with acquired skills of manipulating photographs ... utilizing various tools and filters within the software … and this cognitive and creative process placed the students in a new environment of hands-on with photo software and the requirement of researching the "real" meanings of words, then translating these "realities" into "creative" ones through visualization. Creating art in this respect was a first for these students and precedent setting for my school, Raul Yzaguirre School For Success [Houston, Texas] to manipulate photographs via photo software. They … 7th and 8th graders … joined the multitudes of individuals who are currently pursuing digital and new media art in all sectors of global society as a part of the Digital Revolution, which means this classroom process was also vocational. An interesting aspect to this process is the fact that the students took the word assignments in stride to be able to visualize their meanings. Traditional or typical vocabulary building is usually a struggle within a somewhat cut and dry atmosphere. Go to: to view work. Note: photographs for the manipulations were downloaded from the Internet strictly for educational purposes.
  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

Age Levels
1+ Week
Content Standards
Custom Standards

Understanding graphics programs.

ISTE Standards
Students: Creative Communicator, Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Computational Trainer, Students: Knowledge Constructor

Computer hardware, Photoshop and the Internet. 

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Tarek Bahaa El Deen

Posted on 3/27/13 11:45:00 AM Permalink

it's new point of view

Adobe Education

Posted on 8/2/11 2:53:01 PM Permalink

Unfortunately, we can't have a post be in two different categories. But, it sounds to me like Graphic Design is the place you intended this to be, so we'll leave it here. Thanks again for sharing such a great lesson that incorporates two different disciplines so nicely.

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tom chambers

Posted on 8/1/11 11:48:02 PM Permalink

How about both locations since the TEKS/TAKS approach [textbook] relates to graphics. My approach of involving vocabulary was to cross over into the core subject of Language Arts.

Adobe Education

Posted on 8/1/11 7:01:09 PM Permalink

Great lesson Tom! Thanks for sharing!

Question for you: how would you feel about us recategorizing this lesson plan into the Vocabulary resource center? We think it is a better match for that category and will be easier to find for those teachers who are looking for resources for teaching vocabulary building in their classroom.

If you agree, we can move the post over to the Vocabulary resource center for you. Let us know...

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tom chambers

Posted on 8/1/11 6:44:24 PM Permalink

The above image was generated to visualize the word, "MENTALITY" as part of the vocabulary building exercise. Note: photographs for the manipulations were downloaded from the Internet strictly for educational purposes.

Not only was this student and her classmates able to visualize the word meanings, but they also acquired vocational skills via the utilization of a graphics software program [Photoshop] ... beginning to understand layers and filters to create interesting and pertinent images.