2016 Student Research Conference:
29th Annual Student Research Conference

Using Non-Print Texts in the English Language Arts
Sarah Rybkowski♦
Rebecca Dierking, Dr. Barbara Price, and Dr. Sarah Mohler, Faculty Mentors

Current research indicates that adolescents are more likely to retain information when they make meaningful connections with what they encounter. In this age of digital media, we must consider how our students use learned skills outside of our classroom. Many of our students do not, and will not, read books outside of class. Thus, how do we make literacy skills relevant to students? The use of non-print texts has proven to be engaging, relevant, and critical in English language arts classrooms, such as, art, film, graphic novels, and video games. This study explores the use of non-print texts in English language arts classrooms as a way to make analysis skills relevant to students? everyday lives - through an examination of students? definitions of a text and the implications of a visual literacy unit on these definitions.

Keywords: Non-Print Texts, Visual Literacy, English Education

Topic(s):Education
English

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: -4
Location: VH 1224
Time: 10:15

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