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Informational Text: Recommended Books, Suggested Strategies

Ripley's-Scholastic

It’s all too easy to dismiss colorful, fun books of this sort, with their brief chunks of text and apparently oversized photos, as merely motivational in nature.

You Don’t Need to Go to Comic-Con to Have Fan Literacies

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Long after the school year ends, students will still think about their Civil War-reenacting history teacher or their librarian who enters poetry competitions.

Ways to Welcome Fanfiction in Schools

(From http://harrypotterfanfiction.com/ )

When it comes to fanfiction and academics, there is a long history of non-fans writing and doing things that fans don’t particularly like, so you should be extraordinarily careful when you introduce fanfiction-based exercises to wary young fans.

Fanfiction: What Educators Really Need to Know

photo by Kristin Dos Santos

Do young fanfiction authors seek the kind of feedback that educators would find “useful” in K-12 settings, and are fanfiction communities really the nurturing environments of peer-critique that some make them out to be?

The Pop Culture Propaganda of Ender’s Game, Pacific Rim, and G.I. Joe

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These posters’ apparently value-free aspect is perhaps what’s most worth exploring with young people…

Moriarty, Hannibal, and Despicable Me: How We End Up Rooting for the Bad Guy

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It’s okay to find the villain appealing in certain respects—in fact, much of pop culture depends on our doing just that.

Why Are Zombies So Good for Libraries?

Matt Finch - Zombie at Library Window

More than just a craze, the interest in zombies points the way towards a new kind of literacy engagement.