ERIC Number: ED373352
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Engaging Resistant Writers through Zines in the Classroom.
Hudson, Judith Williamson
Writing teachers interested in overcoming student resistance or unwillingness to question authority should consider using "zines" in the classroom. According to one teen-ager, zines are "sorta like a magazine you publish yourself, but other people help you out." Concentrating on about any subject that interests its writers from music and television to every other sort of pop culture (one count puts the number at 10,000), zines are often controversial, subversive and shocking. Some sample titles would include, "Practical Anarchy,""Judy,""Drugs, Sex and, Rock-n-Roll,""X-PO," and "Brett News." Usually produced on home computers and xerox machines, they cost very little. Their most attractive feature, however, is that they interest students, even students who are for one reason or another not interested in school or in the kind of writing (research papers) that is usually expected of them. One student, for instance, who was being kicked out of a high school writing center for not meeting expectations with regard to his writing of research papers would spend hours at home working with his friends on zines. Three reasons why zines are a useful means of teaching writing are: (1) they provide a site for resistance and a way for students to contextualize literacy itself as a social and political construct; (2) students can discover a world of publishing possibilities through zines; and (3) zines provide a wide-open door through which students can enter the field of cultural studies. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Literacy as a Social Process
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (45th, Nashville, TN, March 16-19, 1994).