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ERIC Number: EJ1003149
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Zines in the Classroom: Reading Culture
Buchanan, Rebekah
English Journal, v102 n2 p71-77 Nov 2012
Gunther Kress and Theo van Leeuwen assert that language-based pedagogy is not sufficient reading in the technology-driven society. Educators need to incorporate ways for students to read other signs and symbols and redefine what it means to be literate in a digital age. Still, there are many ways in which print-based texts can be used effectively in the classroom. The key is finding texts that engage and motivate students to become involved with the written word. Zines provide a way to motivate students. They are visually appealing, and they are easy to hold, manipulate, and access. They present short, attention-getting narratives, and they are written in language and vernacular most students understand and appreciate. The author offers a brief history of zines and zine culture and describes several ways to bring zines into the English Language Arts (ELA) classroom to address National Council of Teachers of English/International Reading Association (NCTE/IRA) and Common Core standards. (Contains 2 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A