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English Teaching and New Literacies Pedagogy

Interpreting and Authoring Digital Multimedia Narratives

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Len Unsworth and Angela Thomas

English Teaching and New Literacies Pedagogy: Interpreting and Authoring Digital Multimedia Narratives is about the fusion of media and narrative, and explores theoretical and practical dimensions of young people’s engagement with contemporary forms of text. It showcases a range of critical interpretative approaches for integrating multimedia narratives into English teaching contexts, including animated films such as Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing, digital novels such as Inanimate Alice and 5 Haitis, and a virtual treatment of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. English teachers across grade levels will recognize the valuing of literature and will appreciate the practical pedagogy and fostering of creativity as students are encouraged to explore new forms of narrative. In the context of developing expertise in knowing how multimodal texts work, students can apply that knowledge in their own authoring of digital multimedia narratives.
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Chapter 9: Teaching Inanimate Alice

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Inanimate Alice (The BradField Company, 2005–2013) is an exemplar of digital fiction and is a “born-digital” text (see Thomas, Chapter 3 this volume), meaning it was conceived of and produced solely in digital form. It has been used successfully in teaching contexts across the world and has inspired students to create their own digital novels. The aims of this chapter include the following:

1. To identify what makes Inanimate Alice an excellent focus for study in classroom contexts

2. To share a unit of work based on Inanimate Alice that was conducted by two Australian teachers

3. To share and analyse a student version of an Inanimate Alice digital novel

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