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Guest Post by Gabrielle Bondi… Five Things Readers and Fans Don’t Know About YA Movies But Should (Part 1)

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I hate to be a killjoy, but it’s important not to let fans get ahead of themselves…

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


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.

Guest Post by Miguel Rodriguez… Opportunities for Rich Discussion and Literary Analysis: Overcoming the Stigma of the Horror Genre Part 2

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The most obvious question about the popularity of horror is one in which we question ourselves: why do people gravitate toward dark content?

Guest Post by Miguel Rodriguez… How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Monster: Overcoming the Stigma of the Horror Genre

Gustave Doré illustrates Dante’s vision of Satan

It is important to remember that the stories I’ve mentioned were never really called “horror stories” because horror as a genre is essentially a ploy to make certain properties more marketable to a segment of the population.

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…

Guest Post by Ryan Goble… Uncommon Literacies: Teaching ‘This American Life’ (2)

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If our job as educators is to engage the hearts and minds of our students I can think of no better pop cultural text than “This American Life” to uncover the silly, strange, and sublime states of the human condition with our students.

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.