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Informational Text: Recommended Books, Suggested Strategies

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

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

In Honor of Baseball’s All-Star Game, A Book to Pre-Order

Student sports fans (in this case, baseball fans specifically) can leverage their outside-of-school literacies to comprehend and appreciate the sophisticated cartoons and high-level text.

Oh, All That Annoying Movie Marketing: A Chat with Critic Eric D. Snider

“Young people are pretty savvy about marketing…They don’t consider something ‘bad’ or ‘annoying’ just because it’s marketing, the way many of us in the previous generation did.”

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

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

‘World War Z’ At the Movies: Some Critical Thinking Questions

Media literacy discussion points covering novel-to-film adaptations, marketing, genre, screen violence, and more.

‘Tiger Eyes’ and Transliteracy: Confessions of Someone Who Hasn’t Read the Novel

‘Tiger Eyes’ is not really an upbeat film—which is, oddly, what makes it so refreshing.