Equity & Access Teaching Writing

Redefining Text

Curators notes:

Within this longer resource on Redefining Text, author Bee Foster deconstructs a graphic short story. See Graphic Stories: Hurdles. On June 4, 2010

The resources presented here have their roots in my years of work with California Writing Project’s Improving Student Academic Writing (ISAW) team and in my personal focus on the idea of redefining text for a multi-modal world.  My premise for study has been that anything that contains meaning counts as text; if meaning can be pulled out, that counts as reading; and, if a process is required to create something, that counts as writing. By opening up the idea of “text” in this manner, we not only free teachers and students to explore more mediums in their classrooms, we also allow students more options in their creation of culminating pieces.

When we expand our view of text, we celebrate and support a greater number of our students on a regular basis. We acknowledge the ways in which our students are already reading and writing. We give them credit for their strengths and begin an important dialogue around the transfer of skills from one mode to another. We more effectively provide differentiation both in what students read, and in what students write. Most importantly, we more regularly allow our struggling students to take on the role of expert.

Click here to read the full article published in California English, November 2009.
Open Redefining Text Article.pdf 

Graphic Stories: Hurdles

The California Writing Project created a professional learning program called Improving Student Academic Writing (ISAW). In that program, one emphasis for our work with students was helping them “Redefine Text.” working with the notion of redefining text, I put together two video examples and video on me, “the documentarian.”

This is a video deconstructing a short story that falls into the genre of graphic novels.
Open HurdlesText.pdf 

Football Plays

This is a video deconstructing a football play. It is a piece from California Writing Project’s Improving Students Academic Writing (ISAW) focus on “Redefining Text.”

Documentarian’s Background

This video explains the personal connection of the documentarian, Bee Foster, with her work in redefining text.

Visuals Matter

Video to create a sense of urgency surrounding Visual Literacy.

This post is part of the Working with comics and graphic novels in the ELA classroom collection.