Teaching Visual Literacy: Using Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Anime, Cartoons, and More to Develop Comprehension and Thinking Skills

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Corwin Press, Jan 9, 2008 - 195 pages
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Educators today understand that literacy involves at least five processes: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing. This thoughtful and practical book by a team of literacy experts offers classroom teachers a guide to using visual forms of information as tools for literacy development. The authors provide strategies for fostering visual and critical literacy competencies and increasing student engagement through the use of picture books, comic books, graphic novels, traditional films, anime, and other visual sources of information. Each chapter examines relevant research and theory, and presents practical applications for the classroom.

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Visual Literacy What You Get Is What You See
Graphic Novels The Good the Bad and the Ugly
Comics the Canon and the Classroom
Seeing the World Through a Strangers Eyes Exploring the Potential of Anime in Literacy Classrooms
Literary Literacy and the Role of the Comic Book Or You Teach a Class on What?
Thats Funny Political Cartoons in the Classroom
Learning From Illustrations in Picturebooks
An Irrecusable Offer Film in the K12 Classroom
It Was Always the Pictures Creating Visual Literacy Supports for Students With Disabilities

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Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is Professor of Literacy in the Department of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University. The recipient of the 2008 Early Career Achievement Award from the National Reading Conference, she is also a teacher-leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College and a credentialed special educator, reading specialist, and administrator in California.

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is the recipient of an IRA Celebrate Literacy Award, NCTE’s Farmer Award for Excellence in Writing, as well as a Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.  Doug can be reached at dfisher@mail.sdsu.edu.

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