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ERIC Number: EJ829712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-0034-527X
Using Digital Media to Interpret Poetry: Spiderman Meets Walt Whitman
McVee, Mary B.; Bailey, Nancy M.; Shanahan, Lynn E.
Research in the Teaching of English, v43 n2 p112-143 Nov 2008
Teachers and students often express an aversion to poetry based on their experiences with printbased poetry texts that typically dominate school curricula. Given this challenge and the potential affordances of new and multimodal technologies, we investigate how preservice and inservice teachers enrolled in a new literacies master's course began to interpret poetry multimodally, through PowerPoint. Using scholarship in multiliteracies, multimodality, and semiotic design, this paper presents an analysis of one student's interpretation of Walt Whitman's "A Noiseless Patient Spider." Through this case, we explore what happened when digital tools were used to create, express, represent, and interpret poetry. We then discuss one student's poetic representations and learning in relation to several other students in the course to explore implications, considerations, limitations and potential affordances of new literacies for learning. (Contains 5 figures and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A