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Informational Text: Recommended Books, Suggested Strategies

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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.

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

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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.

Now in Theaters: An Absolutely Must-See Doc About Digital Literacy

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Filmmaker Cullen Hoback’s work represents a treasure trove of ideas for those who want to connect domestic spying and the death of privacy to civics, media studies, ICT, and political theory—not to mention information literacy and digital literacy specifically.

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…

Joss Whedon, Modern Dress Shakespeare, and the Problem of Class in Classrooms

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Both curriculum and pop culture, perhaps not coincidentally, have no problem dealing with class systems when they’re at a remove.

‘Super Pop!’ and Making (Extremely Fun) Connections Across Media

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Quick, what do these have in common… the ‘dingy basements’ in ‘Fight Club’ (the film), the video game Flower, a couple of novels by Harumi Murakami and E.L. Konigsburg, the bathroom in HBO’s ‘Girls,’ Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’s ‘Empire State of Mind,’ and Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’?

Jane Austen, Edtech, and the Promise of ‘Theatrics’

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“A narrative experience like ‘The Lizzie Bennet Diaries’ is compelling in part because of the great bones of Austen’s story and characters, for sure. But equally compelling is the story form, the opportunity for consumers to engage deeply with those characters…”