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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?

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.

Q: How to Connect Critical Thinking, Research, and Information Literacy? A: Fandom

Girls-Internet-Res-Small

The task for educators is not to drain this sense of open-ended exploration from student-fans but rather to make sure that it is accompanied by the Jiminy Cricket-like voice of critical literacy…

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…

Expanding a Book’s Universe

Saving Mr. N

Together we looked for ‘cheese holes’, or spaces in the story that allow the audience to participate in, contribute further to, and augment the original story using their own intelligence and imagination.

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?