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ERIC Number: ED461138
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 22
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The Roles of a Visual Literacy Component in Middle School Language Arts Curricula: A Case Study with At-Risk Students and Their Teachers.
Kohl, Virginia; Dressler, Becky; Hoback, John
As a co-author of the GEAR-UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) grant proposal to the Department of Education in 1999, the primary author (Kohl) of this paper is in her third year of working at Franklin Middle School, which largely serves at-risk minority students through the University of South Florida (USF), which is the grant recipient. The paper first describes Franklin Middle School and its educational community and gives the purposes of the visual literacy component in the language arts curriculum in a school with students whose literacy skills are not first-rate. It lists the books and articles used to provide a rationale for the visual literacy component, stating that the potential for utilizing films to unite thematic houses can be seen, as can the utilization of films as literature. The second author (Dressler) discusses student and teacher responses to the visual literacy component in the language arts curriculum. The third author (Hoback) describes his students' use of film. They first read S. E. Hinton's "The Outsiders," then watched Francis Ford Coppola's "The Outsiders" and worked on an assignment which examined the film's deviations from the book's text. The paper's primary author concludes that overall the visual literacy insertion was a successful introduction to both film rhetoric and media devices while simultaneously meeting the Sunshine State Standards and preparing students for high-stakes testing. (Contains 10 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test