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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.

Giveaway: Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack of BULLY

Bully Combo Cover

Young people need to understand the way that media texts position them—even with, or perhaps especially with, those texts whose content they are sympathetic to…

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?

“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…”

Just-For-Fun Giveaway: Zombie Cupcakes Book

ZombieFingers

The tendency is to group fictional treatments of pop culture archetypes such as zombies with similar texts of fiction, but actually non-fiction texts such as this one can be far more reflective of fandom-based learning…

Recommended Comics for Schools: Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland, The Adventures of Venus, Rough Justice

Harvey Pekar's Cleveland

Encourage students to analyze panels closely to determine how the visuals work with the text. Ask: Where do they clarify information? Where do they expand upon it? Where do they represent a parallel track of information?

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…