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Informational Text: Recommended Books, Suggested Strategies


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’


“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.”