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Boys and visual literacy: Using manga as entry texts Prisca Rodriguez University of Florida [email_address] National Council of Teachers of English Teachers and Students Together: Living Literate Lives Orlando, FL November 18-21, 2010 Annual Convention
There are many interests subsumed under the concept of "visual literacy", making it difficult to define, despite the commonplace understanding that it is the ability to make sense of visual symbols.
An ability to communicate
"...the ability to understand and use images, including the ability to think, learn, and express oneself in terms of images (Braden and Hortin, 1982, p.41)
Naruto is an outcast in his village and does not know why. When he is tricked into stealing a sacred scroll he finds out that a demon fox spirit has been sealed inside him. Despite this, he vows to become the greatest ninja in the world.
Based on the books by Darren Shan. A young boy and his friend go to a secret midnight circus full of freakish creatures. Too late do they realize that they should not have messed with the resident vampire. Their antics lead to tragic consequences.
A boy tries to be the best basketball player and wants to join his school team. When the moment comes, however, he misses his opportunity, but his passion for the game takes him to play in the streets.