ERIC Number: EJ1110492
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Exploring Grade 7 Students' Written Responses to Shaun Tan's "The Arrival"
Pantaleo, Sylvia; Bomphray, Alexandra
Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, v18 n2 p173-185 2011
During two multifaceted, classroom-based research projects, Grade 7 students had opportunities to develop their understanding of metafictive devices and art and design elements by reading a selection of picturebooks and graphic novels. The students also had the opportunity to apply their knowledge and create their own multimodal print texts. This article focuses on "The Arrival" (Shaun Tan, 2006), one of the graphic novels used during the research, and explores the range of emotions that were expressed by the students in their written responses to Tan's multimodal text. Excerpts from the students' work are presented as exemplars of the range of negative and positive emotions evident in the written responses. Learning about various graphic novel conventions and art elements contributed to the students' aesthetic transactions, as well as to their understanding of how representations can structure perception and interpretation.
Descriptors: Grade 7, Picture Books, Cartoons, Novels, Emotional Response, Middle School Students, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Immigrants, Reader Response
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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