Helps teachers include multimodal approaches in writing instruction, demonstrates how to build a supportive classroom environment for analyzing visual and audiovisual texts, and includes a CD-ROM.

What are Multimodal Texts?
What are multimodal texts?

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  • defining multimodal texts
  • writing and multimodality
  • affordance and design: using different modes and media
  • texts that show and texts that tell
  • surveying what children know about multimodality
  • developing ways of talking about writing and multimodality
  • Classroom Account: Planning and Making Picture Books with Years ½
  • popular culture and writing.

Defining and Describing Multimodal Texts

Digital technology has brought significant changes to writing over the last 20 years or so. In everyday print-based communications like newspapers, information leaflets or advertising, words are now almost always accompanied by photographs, diagrams or drawings, and the print is enhanced by a variety of font sizes and shapes. Screens are much more familiar in shops, workplaces, schools and homes. Mobile phones transmit images and words as well as sound. Many ...

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