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

Comic-Con Logo

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.

Visual Literacy and Media Literacy QuickLink: Brutally Honest Oscar Posters

Call of Duty - ZDT Mash-up

Just in case you missed this gallery of reimagined posters for the Best Picture Oscar nominees when College Humor debuted it last month…

Transmedia in Schools and Libraries: Thoughts and Strategies from Tyler Weaver

Marvel Universe 1960s

“How can you tell a story in a game and have it be school-appropriate, while simultaneously making the student think about the implications of what they enjoy playing?”

Exploring Common Core’s Informational Text… with Violent Video Games

Black Ops II Book

I’ll hazard that many of us don’t immediately think “games” when we think of “transliteracy,” but why not?

Guest Post by Christopher Shamburg… When the Lit Hits the Fan in Teacher Education

March

Teachers don’t have to teach Harry Potter, Captain America, or World of Warcraft, but they can allow students to build their writing on these stories.

“Are Zombies Good for Kids?”: A Lively Roundtable

Generation Dead - Kiss of Life

” I can see where it’s alarming to see your kid looking like a corpse, but it’s all part of rebellion, of saying the “regular” world of mortgages and wars and nuclear meltdown frightens them and they want to distance themselves from it…”