My personal belief about literacy is that a person cannot just be literate in ONE single way. Hence, why a person having and being able to be multiliterate is essential. Some examples given in the Dousay article are reading literacy, visual literacy, and media literacy (Page 29).
This picture clip is appropriate here because even when using a simple word, like “Pie”, there are variations on how a person hears, sees, smells, etc. the word.
Student #1 is auditory and hears the word pie and thinks of how the word is spelled as P-I-E.
Student #2 visualizes a picture of a pie in her mind.
Student #3 is using their senses to think about how pie tastes.
MULTILINGUAL AND MULTIMODAL:
Design activities: "It is reasonable to think that approaches which provide hands-on opportunities to practice and apply concepts may find the most success" (Page 30, Dousay). These design activities are powerful learning tools in the classroom, especially if that is how a student learns.
There can be differentiated ways students support and show their ideas.
> >>Digital storybooks, and comic books are just two of the types of design activities that can be beneficial in a classroom. <<<
The use of a multimodal blog, creation of a board game, video, audio report, interview, art project, oral or written speech, play, or musical song are further examples of design activities students can be engaged in within their classroom community.
This is an example of a design activity that my peers and I used when implementing a lesson in ECEL 408, Social Studies and the Arts. We used an engaging and interactive starter activity for our lesson plan on Earth Day. If there is dancing, singing, or something that students are not used to seeing on a regular basis as an introduction to a lesson they might be more interested in the topic going on.
After much exploration on “http://blog.visme.co/10-mind-blowing-interactive-stories-that-will-change-the-way-you-see-the-world/”, each story presented itself to be so engaging, interactive, and innovative.
As a teacher, I would give my students a task to….
“Create your own STORY (book)”
I am careful here in the language I present the assignment with. I would present them with the task of creating the story (book) in any fashion they would like and this is why I choose not to use the word “write”, although we will see this will be a component.
- The few requirements my assingment would have would be that the story has to be
- Must contain some WRITTEN LANGUAGE
- Must have a clear beginning, middle and end
Some of the different ways (I would expect) my students would present their work would be: a ‘typical’ book, an Ebook or an interactive story. My hope for this assignment would be that students find their creative side in whichever way suits their needs.
I remember creating my own story book(s) as early as kindergarten and first grade, with assistance of course. They were simple bound books. One of the books was about my birthday. My teacher scribed the words onto each page and it was followed by a drawing I had created. It’s really awesome to be able to look back and remember these experiences and having this book as a memory to hold onto.
“Which ever way we look, written language is not going away” (Page 15, Cope & Kalantzis).
Even though today’s technology and media presence are ever growing and expanding, written language is still a necessity to our children in school, and is an important part of the world surrounding us.
The assignment I previously described also ties directly to students different learning styles.
These seven “modalities of meaning” are found on(Page 12-13, Cope & Kalantzis)
- Written language
- Oral Language
- Visual Representation
- Audio Representation
- Tactile Representation
- Gestural Representation
- Spatial Representation
Young students may not be able to recognize the ways they learn and understand material best, but once students reach higher grade levels this is something they should start to understand about themself. As a teacher, it is critical to differentiate your teaching styles as well as assignments and assessments in order to reach each student as effectively as you can.