Working Towards a
       New Literacy
in the English Classroom:

Rethinking Concepts about
         Reading
Goals and Objectives

• to reframe thinking about reading skills in
  the English classroom through research

• to reframe...
“...most young people need much
more experience than they
currently get in the use of visual
images as means of expression...
Why are we Rethinking
   Ways of Reading?
• because traditional concepts of
 reading involve the printed word
• andprint m...
Reading the
    Traditional Way
Activity: With your copy of William
Faulkner’s novel, The Sound and the
   Fury, begin rea...
Reading in Hypertext

• Activity: at your computer, go to http:
  www.usask.ca/english/faulkner/ and read the
  same text ...
Reading a Short Film
 Activity: At your computer, watch
 the following narrative, a short
 film, and for discussion purpose...
Post-Reading Discussion
How does the narrative of this
text develop?
What is the message or the theme
of this text?
Commen...
Break Time
Changing Concepts of
   Reading and Writing
Activity: At your computer, read the
 articles at following sites, and be
 pre...
Evolving Thoughts Towards a
       New Literacy...
 The ways in which language is used
   changes with the form of the
  m...
Implications of
a New Literacy on Teaching

  If language use has changed, and
   the containers of language have
changed,...
A Slide show within
        a Slide show......

Activity: At your computer, watch
“Literacy (r)evolutions” by Jess Laccett...
“Literacy (r)evolutions”



• Discuss and critically evaluate your reading
  of this text with the whole group.
Lunch Time
The New Literacy in a
       Short Film
Activity: Before viewing “ Web 2.0 ...
 The Machine is Us/ing Us” complete
   the ...
Towards a New Literacy in the
         English Classroom
The containers of
language have
changed, so the
conventions of
co...
Readers need to
  understand how to
 critically read visual
  content. They need
 instruction in visual
        literacy.
...
Reading as a Visual System:

  Visual Literacy in the
   English Classroom
In groups of three, divide the reading of:
“The Visual Literacy White Paper”
“Through a Class Darkly:Visual Literacy in th...
Visual Literacy in Your
           Classroom

Activity: At your computer visit some of the
following sites, and develop a ...
Web sites on Visual Literacy
• http://www.kn.att.com/wired/21stcent/
  visual.html
• http://www.fno.org/PL/vislit.htm - a ...
The New Literacy from a
Post-Secondary Perspective

Activity: With a partner, visit the following site
and click the mouse...
Ending at the Beginning:

  Concluding Thoughts on
      Moving Towards
      a New Literacy
 in the English Classroom
As teachers of language, we need
 to rethink the use of language in
order to give our students the skills
 to read the pas...
The conventions of language have
 changed with new containers of
         communication.
Reading in hypertext is not the
same reading skill as reading a
             book.
Films and photographs are texts
     that need to be read.
Visual Literacy is a skill that moves
students towards the new literacy,
 toward the critical reading of the
        world...
“Our habit of thinking of
    communication as consisting
exclusively of language has delayed
   the study of communicatio...
Artwork by Jayne Wilson,

“Do you say it best when you
  say nothing at all” 2005
Thank you for viewing, for listening,
and for reading as we move towards
  a New Literacy both inside and
  outside the En...
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Nipissing Workshop   Activity 4
Nipissing Workshop   Activity 4
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Nipissing Workshop Activity 4

  1. 1. Working Towards a New Literacy in the English Classroom: Rethinking Concepts about Reading
  2. 2. Goals and Objectives • to reframe thinking about reading skills in the English classroom through research • to reframe notions of what a text is through activities • to provide an opportunity to plan or rework existing lessons with new literacy in mind • toprovide teachers with resources on the new literacy
  3. 3. “...most young people need much more experience than they currently get in the use of visual images as means of expression, communication, and exploration.” Paul Messaris, University of Penn.
  4. 4. Why are we Rethinking Ways of Reading? • because traditional concepts of reading involve the printed word • andprint media are becoming less important in the communication of messages for our students • and communication is primarily a visual system
  5. 5. Reading the Traditional Way Activity: With your copy of William Faulkner’s novel, The Sound and the Fury, begin reading Chapter 1 making note of the meaning. Be prepared to discuss what is happening in the narrative.
  6. 6. Reading in Hypertext • Activity: at your computer, go to http: www.usask.ca/english/faulkner/ and read the same text of Chapter 1 • What happens to your reading of the traditional print text compared with the same words in this hypertext?
  7. 7. Reading a Short Film Activity: At your computer, watch the following narrative, a short film, and for discussion purposes focus on the way the narrative develops. “How They Get There” by Spike Jonze http://www.ifilm.com/video/2480132/artist/240829
  8. 8. Post-Reading Discussion How does the narrative of this text develop? What is the message or the theme of this text? Comment on the similarities and differences of reading a traditional print text, and reading this film.
  9. 9. Break Time
  10. 10. Changing Concepts of Reading and Writing Activity: At your computer, read the articles at following sites, and be prepared to discuss your reading. http://writerresponsetheory.org/wordpress/ 2007/05/10/interview-with-jaime-alejandro- rodriguez-ruiz/ http://writerresponsetheory.org/wordpress/ 2007/04/28/ficlets-literary-lego/
  11. 11. Evolving Thoughts Towards a New Literacy... The ways in which language is used changes with the form of the medium, or the container of the message. Technological change has created new containers of language.
  12. 12. Implications of a New Literacy on Teaching If language use has changed, and the containers of language have changed, then the skills required to read that language must also have changed.
  13. 13. A Slide show within a Slide show...... Activity: At your computer, watch “Literacy (r)evolutions” by Jess Laccetti @ http://www.slideshare.net/JessL/ literacy-revolutions-jess-laccetti- slideshare. Stop before viewing the concluding short film, “Web 2.0...”
  14. 14. “Literacy (r)evolutions” • Discuss and critically evaluate your reading of this text with the whole group.
  15. 15. Lunch Time
  16. 16. The New Literacy in a Short Film Activity: Before viewing “ Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us” complete the Previewing Questions on your handout. At the conclusion of “Literacy (r)evolutions”, click on this film, then complete the post-viewing questions, and be prepared to discuss your reading of the film.
  17. 17. Towards a New Literacy in the English Classroom The containers of language have changed, so the conventions of communication have changed to include visual representation.
  18. 18. Readers need to understand how to critically read visual content. They need instruction in visual literacy. What do you read from this visual text?
  19. 19. Reading as a Visual System: Visual Literacy in the English Classroom
  20. 20. In groups of three, divide the reading of: “The Visual Literacy White Paper” “Through a Class Darkly:Visual Literacy in the Classroom” “Visual Communication as a Primary System”. • skim the articles • discuss and summarize interesting points • brainstorm ideas for ways to class incorporate visual literacy into an English • present your ideas to the whole group
  21. 21. Visual Literacy in Your Classroom Activity: At your computer visit some of the following sites, and develop a personalized plan to implement visual literacy according to your current lesson plans and comfort level.
  22. 22. Web sites on Visual Literacy • http://www.kn.att.com/wired/21stcent/ visual.html • http://www.fno.org/PL/vislit.htm - a student lesson online • http://www.ivla.org/portal/intro.htm - a collection of links from the International Visual Literacy Association • http://www.csuohio.edu/history/exercise/ vlehome.html - an online exercise for professionals • http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/vlintro0602
  23. 23. The New Literacy from a Post-Secondary Perspective Activity: With a partner, visit the following site and click the mouse to move from frame to frame, reading as you move. http://iat.ubalt.edu/moulthrop/talks/usc/ index.htm How many popular culture references, or allusions that can you identify in this text?
  24. 24. Ending at the Beginning: Concluding Thoughts on Moving Towards a New Literacy in the English Classroom
  25. 25. As teachers of language, we need to rethink the use of language in order to give our students the skills to read the past and the present.
  26. 26. The conventions of language have changed with new containers of communication.
  27. 27. Reading in hypertext is not the same reading skill as reading a book.
  28. 28. Films and photographs are texts that need to be read.
  29. 29. Visual Literacy is a skill that moves students towards the new literacy, toward the critical reading of the world around them.
  30. 30. “Our habit of thinking of communication as consisting exclusively of language has delayed the study of communication.” Sebeok, 1991
  31. 31. Artwork by Jayne Wilson, “Do you say it best when you say nothing at all” 2005
  32. 32. Thank you for viewing, for listening, and for reading as we move towards a New Literacy both inside and outside the English classroom. By Melanie White Prepared for Nipissing University, Honours Specialist English: Supervisor, Robert Brady

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