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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.

Fanfiction: What Educators Really Need to Know

photo by Kristin Dos Santos

Do young fanfiction authors seek the kind of feedback that educators would find “useful” in K-12 settings, and are fanfiction communities really the nurturing environments of peer-critique that some make them out to be?

‘Tiger Eyes’ and Transliteracy: Confessions of Someone Who Hasn’t Read the Novel

Tiger Eyes movie tie-in-better

‘Tiger Eyes’ is not really an upbeat film—which is, oddly, what makes it so refreshing.

BEA, Famous Authors, and Why We’re All Guilty of Promoting ‘Celebrity Culture’

BEA - opening day 2013

I guess there was some cosplay going on, but most participating attendees chose to dress up as publishing executives for some reason.

Teaching Genre Conventions From a Fan’s Perspective

Genre Pyramid

While some readers may view particular story elements as clichés, a fan might see them as enduring archetypes…

4 Questions for Richard Beach about Literacy and Digital Comics Creation

Comic Life

“There’s a shift towards a more multimodal ways of communicating through digital videos, VoiceThread, and graphic novels/comics that is more appealing and engaging to adolescents who now expect such multimodal ways of learning…”

Comics Creation Tools: Thoughts From ‘The Graphic Classroom’

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“Visual literacy is as old as humanity. Humans learned to communicate visually before they communicated with text. It’s really not new; it just might feel new.”