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A New Look at Texts and Visual Literacy
"When Gina made the connection between print-based and graphic novels during our interview, I felt like I had struck gold," says Ashley Dallacqua in the July 2012 issue of Language Arts. This issue, the editors say, features articles that reshape the ways in which texts are used in classrooms and shows how teachers and researchers "create opportunities for thoughtful inquiries that extend the traditional notions of what to pay attention to when reading and writing." Check out the following:

Writing: A Mode of Thinking

Listen in as Danling Fu and Jane Hansen talk about writing, the thinking that needs to be made visible, the roles of evaluation in writing, and writing across the disciplines in this new Language Arts podcast. Did you know that you can subscribe to these free podcasts in the iTunes Store?

"Writers Draw Visual Hooks: Children's Inquiry into Writing"
Described in this Language Arts article are bubble, zoom, and group hooks. In the bubble hook, children were encouraged to add speech-bubbles to their images; this can be done using the online tool The Comic Creator (the Character Map can be used to further describe their characters).  In the zoom hook, children were asked to take a visual approach; the online tool Doodle Splash encourages students to make connections.

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