A reader may need to process several of these codes, acting together and interacting with others, to construct meaning. If you look at our current English curriculum documents in Ontario, these semiotic systems are equally distributed.\n
PML4The Multimodality of Meaning Making
AgendaComplete last week’s semiotic jigsaw exerciseSetting up an RSS feed/edubloggers I recommendMaking a case for comics in the classroom (readings)Myths, misconceptions.Programs used in Ontario schoolsWhat can you teach with comics/graphic novels?
Semiotic Systemsauditory (for example, music, sound effects, silence)gestural (for example, facial expression, body language)linguistic (for example, vocabulary, grammar)spatial (for example, environmental and architectural spaces)visual (for example, still and moving images, page and screenlayouts).
Questions to discuss:Identify the codes and conventions used to convey meaningDid your text use more than one semiotic system? How did thataffect your reading and viewing?Were you more proficient with some systems than with others?Which ones? Why?
ReadingsBrown, J. (2010). The case for comics in the classroom.TEDxOntarioEd Event (video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpCiH_aBlLQ
Lesson RedesignChoose a lesson from your first practicum placement (doesn’tmatter if it wasn’t English) and revise and redesign it using a textselection or literacy practice that was not integrated in theoriginal form.Share this redesign on your blog. Be sure to credit sources/original creators.Due date: (We will decide on this as a class today)
For Next WeekComment on two or three of your classmates’ blog posts.Comments should attempt to “extend the conversation” in someway. Ask a question, share a suggestion, etc. Be constructive andpolite.Blog! Topics? Comics in the classroom? Multimodal texts:lesson possibilities? How did your literacy experiences as astudent inform your current teaching philosophy?
For Next WeekMcCloud, S. (2005). Scott McCloud on comics. TED (video). http://www.ted.com/talks/scott_mccloud_on_comics.html (supplementary)Young, N. (host) (2009, November 19). Full Interview: JennaMcWilliams on new media literacy [podcast]. Spark. http://www.cbc.ca/spark/2009/11/full-interview-jenna-mcwilliams-on-new-media-literacy/Lee, R. ECOO 2010 Pecha Kucha by Royan Lee (video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqf5sEN5vzM