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Multimodal Activities for Your Composition Classroom

This Prezi was used in conjunction with an English Department Colloquium workshop at Indiana University of Pennsylvania led by Dr. Tracy Lassiter and Dr. Ann Amicucci on Feb. 13, 2014.

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Transcript of Multimodal Activities for Your Composition Classroom

What is multimodality?
Multimodality combines two or more forms of meaning-making.
Siegel (2012) has defined multimodality as "the social practice of making meaning by combining multiple semiotic resources" (p. 671).
The New London Group (1996) outlined six modes of meaning-making:
The possibilities are endless...
Writing a poem, song, rap along with a paper
Why does multimodality matter in
the 21st Century classroom?

Activities for the Composition Classroom
Facebook commercials in Engl 100
Let me tell you about this thing
I tried in my classroom...

We discovered we use similar activities in writing courses that are:
How do our activities align with theories of multimodal learning?
IUP library video contest
Studying a song or movie related to course theme
Drawing the plot structure of a reading
Representing a term in linguistic and visual forms
Writing process steps in Engl 101
Emotional progression of an essay in Engl 101
Research process steps in Engl 202
Dr. Tracy Lassiter and Dr. Ann Amicucci
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
English Department Colloquium Series
Feb. 13, 2014

Cope, B., & Kalantzis, M. (2009). A grammar of multimodality. The International Journal of Learning, 16(2), 361-425.

Curwood, J. S., & Cowell, L. L. H. (2011). iPoetry: Creating space for new literacies in the English curriculum. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 55(2), 110-120. doi:10.1002/JAAL.00014

Harste, J.C. (2010). Multimodality. In P. Albers & J. Sanders (Eds.), Literacies, the arts and multimodality (pp. 27-43). Urbana, IL: NCTE.

Mills, K. A. (2010). Shrek meets Vygotsky: Rethinking adolescents’ multimodal literacy practices in schools. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 54(1), 35-45. doi:10.1598/JAAL.54.1.4

New London Group. (1996). A pedagogy of multiliteracies: Designing social futures. Harvard Educational Review, 66(1), 60-92.

Siegel, M. (2012). New times for multimodality? Confronting the accountability culture. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 55(8), 671-680. doi:10.1002/JAAL.00082

Constructing activities that go beyond print-based literacies (Harste, 2010).
Recognizing that digital media affordances make modes other than text increasingly valuable (Cope & Kalantzis, 2009).
Providing opportunities for students to bring existing literacies into the classroom (Mills, 2010; Curwood & Cowell, 2011).
Field observations
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