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

Teaching Visual Literacy

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

Paperback Published: 5th March 2008
ISBN: 9781412953122
Number Of Pages: 195

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Educators today understand that literacy involves at least five processes: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing. This thoughtful and practical book by a team of literacy experts offers classroom teachers a guide to using visual forms of information as tools for literacy development. The authors provide strategies for fostering visual and critical literacy competencies and increasing student engagement through the use of picture books, comic books, graphic novels, traditional films, anime, and other visual sources of information. Each chapter examines relevant research and theory, and presents practical applications for the classroom.

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"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
"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
"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

AcknowledgmentsAbout the EditorsAbout the ContributorsIntroduction1. Visual Literacy: What You Get Is What You See - Lynell Burmark2. Graphic Novels: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Jacquelyn McTaggart3. Comics, the Canon, and the Classroom - James Bucky Carter4. Seeing the World Through a Stranger's Eyes: Exploring the Potential of Anime in Literacy Classrooms - Kelly Chandler-Olcott5. "Literary Literacy" and the Role of the Comic Book, or "You Teach a Class on What?" - Rocco Versaci6. That's Funny: Political Cartoons in the Classroom - Thomas DeVere Wolsey7. Learning From Illustrations in Picturebooks - Lawrence Sipe8. An Irrecusable Offer: Film in the K-12 Classroom - Lawrence Baines9. "It Was Always the Pictures...": Creating Visual Literacy Supports for Students With Disabilities - Paula KluthIndex

ISBN: 9781412953122
ISBN-10: 141295312X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 195
Published: 5th March 2008
Publisher: CORWIN PR INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.71 x 17.91  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.44

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Douglas B. Fisher

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Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is the recipient of an IRA Celebrate Literacy Award, NCTE’s Farmer Award for Excellence in Writing, as well as a Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.

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Nancy Frey

About the Author


Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is a Professor in Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. She has been a special education teacher, reading specialist, and administrator in public schools. 


Nancy has engaged in Professional Learning Communities as a member and in designing schoolwide systems to improve teaching and learning for all students. She has published numerous books, including The Teacher Clarity Playbook and Rigorous Reading.

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