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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.

Guest Post by Maria Selke… There and Back Again: (Re)Visiting ‘The Hobbit’ in Image and Text (2)

The-hobbit-first-edition-dust-jacket-book-cover

The most interesting part of this whole experiment was watching my group turn into self-proclaimed experts on how “The Hobbit” should be adapted for the big screen.

Guest Post by Maria Selke… There and Back Again: (Re)Visiting ‘The Hobbit’ in Image and Text (1)

The-Hobbit-poster-2

A year ago, I wouldn’t have considered examining trailers in a reading group…

Guest Post by Gabrielle Bondi… Five Things Readers and Fans Don’t Know About YA Movies But Should (Part 2)

Divergent cover

After leaving the test screening for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1, I was bombarded with questions about literally every scene in the book.

Recommended Comics for Schools: Annie Sullivan, Mystery Boxes, Anna & Froga

Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller

Skills and teaching topics covered in this post include visual literacy, nonfiction, genre, and transliteracy…

Thank Ray Bradbury for Everything You Love

Yes, this 1951 paperback is the one I own and read as a 13-year-old (more than a quarter century later, that is.) Its imagery gives little sense of the haunting poeticism inside.ic

  They’re more than a tribute, they’re words to live by. In fact, of all the eloquent and heartfelt expressions of loss and appreciation since Ray Bradbury’s passing, these are the ones that, for me, cut to the heart of the matter. I’m talking about what Guillermo del Toro said yesterday in a brief note [...]

Why We Respond to “Chronicle” – Part 2: Found Footage and Narrative Immersion

He crumples the car without touching it... similarly, we live out our dark desires on the screen without being on the screen. (image courtesy of Fox)

A connection with the point-of-view character sometimes isn’t made because words and ideas somehow get in the way of immediacy rather than reinforcing it. So when we attempt to show the cost of not appreciating literature by referencing the beauty and profundity of those words and ideas, we’re possibly compounding the problem…