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Visual Approaches to Teaching Writing: Multimodal Literacy 5-11

Magazine article English Drama Media

Visual Approaches to Teaching Writing: Multimodal Literacy 5-11

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Visual Approaches to

Teaching Writing:

Multimodal Literacy 5-11

Eve Bearne and Helen

Wolstencroft

Paul Chapman Publishers, 2007,

19.99[pounds sterling]

ISBN 978-1-4129-3034-5

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Described by Jackie Marsh as a 'groundbreaking book', Bearne and Wolstencroft offer the reader innovative ideas and forward thinking in this exciting publication and teaching resource. Grounded in the relevance of working with multi-modal texts in primary classrooms today, suggestions for practice are supported by inspiring examples and real accounts.

The text, with its persuasive examples of creative practice, argues that the medium of the screen (through film, drama, presentation of software, interactive whiteboards (IWB) and real-life observations) should be part of literacy teaching and children's experience in school.

The book begins with two thought-provoking sections. A definition of and rationale for multi-modal texts is provided which highlights the affordances of visual design and popular culture as an appropriate language to use with children. In supporting teachers making sense of a multi-modal approach, sound, movement, image and written texts are highlighted as modes to explore in the classroom. The 'environment of possibility' is described to encourage practitioners to reflect upon current classroom and school provision. There is also the opportunity for school research with a questionnaire to audit children's out of school interests and experiences of multi-modal texts.

The following sections offer insightful examples in support of the multi-modal approach, with clear scaffolding through a comprehensive planning and teaching sequence. The dimensions and constructions of multi-modal texts in relation to narrative, nonfiction and poetry are explored, together with cross-curricular links. …

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