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Informational Text: Recommended Books, Suggested Strategies

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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.

In Honor of Baseball’s All-Star Game, A Book to Pre-Order

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Student sports fans (in this case, baseball fans specifically) can leverage their outside-of-school literacies to comprehend and appreciate the sophisticated cartoons and high-level text.

The Pop Culture Propaganda of Ender’s Game, Pacific Rim, and G.I. Joe

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These posters’ apparently value-free aspect is perhaps what’s most worth exploring with young people…

Moriarty, Hannibal, and Despicable Me: How We End Up Rooting for the Bad Guy

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It’s okay to find the villain appealing in certain respects—in fact, much of pop culture depends on our doing just that.

Sparking Visual and Cultural Literacy with ‘Reimagined’ Movies

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Which of these movies would you most want to see?

Visual Literacy and Media Literacy QuickLink: Brutally Honest Oscar Posters

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Just in case you missed this gallery of reimagined posters for the Best Picture Oscar nominees when College Humor debuted it last month…

Visual Literacy and the Red Carpet: Celebrity ‘Make Unders’

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Rarely do we have the opportunity to deconstruct images so rigorously that they actually invert themselves in the process… making the celebrities in question less attractive than they really are.