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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.
Is ‘Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox’ the Darkest Superhero Film Ever?
Can creators in essence separate the “super” from the “hero” and still be said to be working with the same character?
You Don’t Need to Go to Comic-Con to Have Fan Literacies
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
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
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?
In Honor of Baseball’s All-Star Game, A Book to Pre-Order
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.
Something to Consider on the Eve of Comic-Con: Cosplay and Critical Thinking
"We can look at cosplay as a medium that assists other media, anime and manga, by targeting a certain audience segment related to fandom."
Confessions of a Cosplaying Librarian
"The key idea is actually a media literacy one related to representation: no one in real life actually looks like an anime or manga character."
Now in Theaters: An Absolutely Must-See Doc About Digital Literacy
Filmmaker Cullen Hoback's work represents a treasure trove of ideas for those who want to connect domestic spying and the death of privacy to civics, media studies, ICT, and political theory—not to mention information literacy and digital literacy specifically.
Big Brawlers and Little Children: The Not-New Appeal of ‘Pacific Rim’
The reason such overt silliness is nonetheless so effective is that we all connect with the fantasy of controlling a creature much, much larger than we could ever hope to be.