‘It’s easy!’: scaffolding literacy for teaching multimodal texts

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Lowien, Nathan. 2016. "‘It’s easy!’: scaffolding literacy for teaching multimodal texts." Literacy Learning: The Middle Years. 24 (1), pp. 38-52.
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‘It’s easy!’: scaffolding literacy for teaching multimodal texts

ERA Journal ID20334
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorLowien, Nathan
Journal TitleLiteracy Learning: The Middle Years
Journal Citation24 (1), pp. 38-52
Year2016
Place of PublicationAdelaide, Australia
ISSN1320-5692
Web Address (URL)http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=808824146326015;res=IELHSS
Abstract

This article proposes a modification of Axford, Harders and Wise’s (2009) Scaffolding Literacy sequence to support the creation of multimodal persuasive texts by students in Year 5. As part of classroom implementation, the linguistic and visual meaning-making resources were discussed in order to explicate the salient features of a multimodal advertisement to assist students who were identified as having low literacy achievement. By initially deconstructing a text, students’ comprehension of the features was developed. Presented with this knowledge, students then designed a multimodal text using similar design features. The final texts demonstrated encouraging use of affective language and careful placement and framing of images by the students.

Keywordsmultimodal authoring, multimodal texts, multimodal pedagogy, language and image relations, grammar
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390104. English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
390102. Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
390101. Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy
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Byline AffiliationsAustralian Catholic University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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