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Visual Approaches to Teaching Writing

Visual Approaches to Teaching Writing
Multimodal Literacy 5 - 11

October 2007 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Why are visual approaches to literacy important? Children's reading and writing worlds are informed by multiple resources, combining different modes of communication and including speech or sound, still or moving images, writing and gesture.

Visual Approaches to Teaching Writing helps teachers understand how to include multimodal approaches in writing instruction. This practical guide reviews multimodal text design and the relationships between texts and images, and demonstrates how to build a supportive classroom environment for analyzing visual and audiovisual texts. A valuable resource for primary teachers, literacy specialists, and preservice teachers, this text shows educators how to:

  • Plan a teaching sequence leading to specific writing outcomes
  • Use sample teaching sequences for developing work on narrative, non-fiction, and poetry content
  • Apply formative and summative assessments of multimodal texts for judging student development
  • Write, review and carry out a whole-school policy for teaching multimodal writing

The accompanying CD-ROM contains a range of examples of children's work, along with electronic versions of the activities, reproducibles, and material designed for use with interactive whiteboards.

What Are Multimodal Texts?
The Classroom as an Environment for Visual and Audiovisual Texts
The Process of Composing Multimodal Texts
Non Fiction
Making Progress in Multimodal Writing
Whole School Policy for Multimodal Writing

'This is an excellent book which is grounded in exciting and innovative classroom practice. Bearne and Wolstencroft draw on their wealth of experience to offer clear and detailed guidance on using multimodal texts in the classroom, from planning through to assessment. Their book will enable teachers to provide opportunties for children to become competent readers and authors of both off-screen and on-screen multimodal texts. This ground- breaking book is an essential read for all teachers and students who want their literacy curriculum to be relevant and appropriate for the 21st century' - Jackie Marsh, University of Sheffield

'This practical guide will help teachers develop an integrated approach to the teaching of writing' - Literacy Time PLUS

`Bearne and Wolstencroft offer the reader innovative ideas and forward thinking in this exciting publication and teaching resource. Grounded in the relevance of working with multi-modal texts in primary classrooms today, suggestions for practice are supported by inspiring examples and real accounts' - English Drama Media

`A must for teachers looking to put multi-modal teaching approaches into practice. It will inform and excite those who are looking for innovative ways to support pupils in developing their writing skills' - TES magazine

This will be adopted as part of our critical thinking module and core module. There are useful strategies, suggestions and theory and research that underpins key aspects of learning. We are linking this to English teaching and dual coding.

Mr Chris Ives
School of Teacher Development, Bishop Grosseteste University
July 8, 2020

Have used this book for sessions on using moving image in teaching English. students have found it useful as well as the layout is quite user friendly.

Mrs Kulwinder Maude
School of Education, Kingston University
July 4, 2014

An interesting read based on outstanding practice. Innovative and informative, it leads trainees through a number of practical sessions whilst exploring the theory behind multimodal literacy.

Mrs Suzanne Horton
Institute of Education, Worcester University
July 11, 2012

This is an excellent book on visual approaches to the teaching of writing. Very practical explanantions and examples provided. Inspiring practice for student teachers.

Jill Dunn
Education , Stranmillis University College
March 22, 2011

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