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Reading the Visual

An Introduction to Teaching Multimodal Literacy

Frank Serafini Celia Genishi Donna E. Alvermann

208 pages
Teachers College Press

Today’s teachers need up-to-the-minute information to help their students make sense of the multimodal texts they encounter daily in and out of school. Reading the Visual is an essential introduction that focuses on what teachers should know about multimodal literacy and how to teach it. This engaging book provides theoretical, curricular, and pedagogical frameworks for teaching a wide-range of visual and multimodal texts, including historical fiction, picture books, advertisements, websites, comics, graphic novels, news reports, and film. Each unit of study presented contains suggestions for selecting cornerstone texts and visual images and launching the unit, as well as lesson plans, text sets, and analysis guides. These units are designed to be readily adapted to fit the needs of a variety of settings and grade levels.

Book Features:

  • An accessible introduction to visual literacy and multimodality.
  • Classroom strategies and demonstrations for analyzing and interpreting multimodal texts.
  • Hands-on examples of units of study for ten types of multimodal texts.
  • Resources for developing and adapting units, including suggested texts, analysis guides, and learning objectives.
Author Bio

Frank Serafini is an author, illustrator, photographer, educator, musician, and an associate professor of literacy education and children’s literature at Arizona State University. Visit his website at www.frankserafini.com. He received the 2021 International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA) Education Award.