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Teaching Visual Literacy

  • Title:Teaching Visual Literacy: Using Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Anime, Cartoons, and More to Develop Comprehension and Thinking Skills
  • Author:Douglas Fisher
  • Publication Date:January 2008
  • Grade Level:K-12
  • ISBN:9781412953122
  • Publisher:Corwin Press

Spark students' interest in reading and help them become critical consumers of visual information!

Today's students live in an increasingly visual world where they are engaged not only by words, but also by images. This collection of innovative articles shows classroom teachers and literacy specialists how to use students' interest in picture books, comics, graphic novels, film, anime, and other visual media to motivate and engage readers in Grades K–12.

Teaching Visual Literacy offers background information, research, practical ideas, and sample lessons to help educators:

  • Capture the attention of learners and boost their critical thinking skills
  • Support and strengthen multiple competencies in literacy
  • Help students comprehend and assess visual information
  • Reach students with disabilities and extend their understanding

Visual literacy is an integral part of literacy development, and this much-needed classroom companion helps teachers engage students as critical readers and prepare them for living in the twenty-first century.


Author Bio

Douglas Fisher is professor of language and literacy education in the Department of Teacher Education at San Diego State University and a classroom teacher at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is the recipient of an International Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award, the Farmer Award for excellence in writing from the National Council of Teachers of English, as well as a Christa McAuliffe Award for excellence in teacher education. He has published numerous articles on reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design, as well as books, such as Creating Literacy-rich Schools for Adolescents (with Gay Ivey), Checking for Understanding (with Nancy Frey), Better Learning Through Structured Teaching (with Nancy Frey) and Content-area Conversations (with Carol Rothenberg), Text Complexity (2/e) (with Nancy Frey) and Text-Dependent Questions, Grades 6-12 and Grades K-5 (with Nancy Frey, Heather Anderson, Marisol Thayre).

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