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Teaching Visual Literacy
Using Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Anime, Cartoons, and More to Develop Comprehension and Thinking Skills



January 2008 | 208 pages | Corwin

"This book puts into practice what we've long known but often ignored: one picture is indeed worth a thousand words! The chapters offer a practical look at how images in all their many forms can be used to motivate reluctant readers."
—Donna E. Alvermann, Distinguished Research Professor
University of Georgia

"Just as vision entails more than seeing, being visually literate means that students can interpret and reflect upon images as well as words. These strategies will help your students develop the literacy they need for this brave new century."
—Carol Jago, Director, California Reading and Literature Project
University of California, Los Angeles

Spark students' interest in reading and help them become critical consumers of visual information!

Today's students live in an increasingly visual world where they are engaged not only by words, but also by images. This collection of innovative articles shows classroom teachers and literacy specialists how to use students' interest in picture books, comics, graphic novels, film, anime, and other visual media to motivate and engage readers in Grades K–12.

Teaching Visual Literacy offers background information, research, practical ideas, and sample lessons to help educators:

  • Capture the attention of learners and boost their critical thinking skills
  • Support and strengthen multiple competencies in literacy
  • Help students comprehend and assess visual information
  • Reach students with disabilities and extend their understanding

Visual literacy is an integral part of literacy development, and this much-needed classroom companion helps teachers engage students as critical readers and prepare them for living in the twenty-first century.

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Editors
 
About the Contributors
 
Introduction
Lynell Burmark
1. Visual Literacy: What You Get Is What You See
Jacquelyn McTaggart
2. Graphic Novels: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
James Bucky Carter
3. Comics, the Canon, and the Classroom
Kelly Chandler-Olcott
4. Seeing the World Through a Stranger’s Eyes: Exploring the Potential of Anime in Literacy Classrooms
Rocco Versaci
5. “Literary Literacy” and the Role of the Comic Book, or “You Teach a Class on What?”
Thomas DeVere Wolsey
6. That’s Funny: Political Cartoons in the Classroom
Lawrence Sipe
7. Learning From Illustrations in Picturebooks
Lawrence Baines
8. An Irrecusable Offer: Film in the K-12 Classroom
Paula Kluth
9. "It Was Always the Pictures…": Creating Visual Literacy Supports for Students With Disabilities
 
Index

"This book puts into practice what we’ve long known but often ignored: one picture is indeed worth a thousand words! The chapters offer an up close and practical look at how images in all their many forms can be used to motivate reluctant readers."

Donna E. Alvermann, Distinguished Research Professor
University of Georgia

"The literacy I want my students to possess involves more than simply being able to read and write. Just as vision entails more than seeing, being visually literate means that students can interpret and reflect upon images as well as words. Frey and Fisher's collection of essays will help you help your students develop the literacy they need for this brave new century."

Carol Jago, Director, California Reading and Literature Project
University of California, Los Angeles

"This book is a cogent reminder that an expansive defition of 'literary text' is necessary if we are to reach out to all students in our classrooms. A highly useful resource for teachers who wish to explore using graphic novels as part of their curriculum."

Doug Buehl, Adolescent Literacy Consultant

My course is so overloaded as it is I cannot ask for students to adopt another full text (though I found it to be excellent!)

We need a nonprint media literacy class. This would be perfect for that.

Dr Kim McCollum-Clark
English, Millersville University
May 21, 2013

This will prove a useful reference book for teachers at all levels. It discusses how a wide range of texts, including comics, graphic novels, political cartoons and films, can be used to develop children's thinking skills. Each chapter is supplemented with a very useful bibliography that will point the interested reader towards further reading, and there is wealth of tips and techniques for introducing non-traditional texts into the classroom.

Dr Damien Shortt
Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University
July 12, 2010
Key features
  • Features articles by experts in the field of visual literacy
  • Shows teachers how to use high-interest materials to foster literacy competencies and student engagement
  • Offers strategies for using a wide range of materials, from picture books to comic books to film
  • Includes numerous examples and model lessons

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