Academic journal article Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

The Shape of Text to Come

Academic journal article Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

The Shape of Text to Come

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Title: The shape of text to come: How image and text work

Author: Jon Callow

Publisher: Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA), 2013

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I found it! This is a book I can use to explicitly teach the students about the vital importance of visual texts and how they work..

I had been complaining to my fellow teachers about the fact that the students couldn't see that their multimodal assignments and projects were not particularly visually enticing or balanced. I thought that the students of today should have some idea about how to do this as they use computers often and play games on them regularly; but this was a very erroneous assumption. If you don't teach the design concepts explicitly, how can the students be expected to produce exciting and entertaining products?

This was the book I had been looking for.

I needed a book to help me explain to my class how they should set out their work, design pages for PowerPoint presentations that look interesting and complete design elements to enhance any presentations of multimodal work.

My light bulb moment!

I read Jon Callow's book, The shape of text to come: How image and text work, from cover to cover because it thoroughly explained how important it is to present work that is visually enticing, as well as being informative. This book really consolidated, for me, the ways writers, designers and artists use pictures, colour, symbols, placement and perspective to promote and innovate designs for their products.

Armed with this knowledge, I made a PowerPoint presentation for an Art unit in Semester 1. …

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