Transmediation in the Middle Years: Integrating picture books & process drama activities to enhance students' engagement with multimodal text

Exley, Beryl E. (2006) Transmediation in the Middle Years: Integrating picture books & process drama activities to enhance students' engagement with multimodal text. In Jennifer, Rennie (Ed.) Voices, Vibes, Visions: Hearing Voices, Feeling Vibes, Capturing Visions. AATE/ALEA National Conference 2006, 8-11 July, 2006, Darwin State High School, Northern Territory.


This paper considers the efficacy of integrating picture books resources & process drama activities to enhance middle years students' engagement with multimodal text. While picture books & role play have not traditionally been seen as sophisticated resources & strategies for young adolescents, this paper suggests that they have much utility for engaging middle years students as code breakers, text participants, text users & text analysts (Luke & Freebody, 2000) of written, visual, oral & gestural texts. This paper involves readers in exploring the sophistication of picture book resources for young adolescents & working through a range of process drama activities. The workshop activities are based on the John Marsden & Shaun Tan (2003) allegory of colonisation, 'The Rabbits'. Specifically, 'attribute lists', 'sculptures', 'transformations', 'freeze frames' & 'conscious alley' activities will be introduced & analysed in terms of the literacy practice demands they make of middle years students.

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ID Code: 4484
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: transmediation, process drama, picture books, middle years pedagogy, critical literacy, visual literacy, Marsden John, Tan Shaun
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 16 Jun 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:22

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