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You Don’t Need to Go to Comic-Con to Have Fan Literacies

Comic-Con Logo

Long after the school year ends, students will still think about their Civil War-reenacting history teacher or their librarian who enters poetry competitions.

Ways to Welcome Fanfiction in Schools

(From http://harrypotterfanfiction.com/ )

When it comes to fanfiction and academics, there is a long history of non-fans writing and doing things that fans don’t particularly like, so you should be extraordinarily careful when you introduce fanfiction-based exercises to wary young fans.

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.

In Memory of ‘Script Frenzy’: Some Free Resources for Writing for Media

The great Rod Serling dictating a script, 1959.

An array of free resources related to writing and producing media… to use yourself, or make available to others.

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…

Using Single-Panel Cartoons to Introduce Scriptwriting to Students

Classic example of a gag cartoon by the great Reamer Keller.

A quick lesson idea that introduces scriptwriting by focusing on funny images and formal language.