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Guest Post by Anna Smith… New York Comic Con and the Literacies of Fandom

Wall-to-wall fandom at NYCC 2012. (Photo by Anna Smith)

Even when a young child is curled up alone silently flipping pages, she is interpreting the text in ways influenced by the communities around her…

New NCTE Research Brief Aligns Perfectly with Pop Culture Fandom… and Libraries

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“Students who develop expertise with a particular kind of reading— science fiction or online games, for example—outside of school may not think this kind of reading will be valued by their teachers.”

Recommended Comics for Schools: Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland, The Adventures of Venus, Rough Justice

Harvey Pekar's Cleveland

Encourage students to analyze panels closely to determine how the visuals work with the text. Ask: Where do they clarify information? Where do they expand upon it? Where do they represent a parallel track of information?

Guest Post by Ryan Goble… Uncommon Literacies: Teaching ‘This American Life’ (1)

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Have you ever heard educators complaining that students don’t listen? Guess what? This should not come as a surprise because listening as a literacy is rarely explicitly taught. Pure audio texts provide opportunities to practice this skill.

Presidential Elections, the Media Literacy Way: A Conversation with Frank W. Baker (3)

Frank Baker

“Students watching convention coverage need to be aware they are only allowed to see what the networks show them. Cameras cannot go everywhere. These high profile events will be carefully controlled by the politicians and the parties.”

Presidential Elections, the Media Literacy Way: A Conversation with Frank W. Baker (2)

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“Media literacy teaches us, among other things, that media are businesses designed to make a profit. This is a huge point that should be taught. Ask students who benefits when candidates purchase time for their messages, and they may not think to answer: the broadcasters themselves.”

Presidential Elections, the Media Literacy Way: A Conversation with Frank W. Baker (1)

Frank Baker - Political Campaigns

“The experts hired to work on the presidential campaigns know that in order to reach younger voters, they must position their candidate, and his message, in front of their eyeballs. Like good marketers they’re going to consider: what media/technology do young voters attend to and how can I get my message (and my candidate) in front of them?”