Connecting Composing Strategies, Digital Literacies, and Disciplinary Content to the Common Core
Edited By Jenifer Jasinski Schneider
19. Getting a Clue: Textual Toys and Shifting Designs for Digital Composition (Sixth Grade)
Children use textual toys in their writing (e.g., popular music, TV, movies) (Dyson, 2003). In this case, I followed one particular textual toy throughout the composition process. A group of girls created a funny murder mystery, similar to the game and movie Clue, which contains a familiar textual toy (or meme) of a mysterious murder. In this case, I describe how the murder transformed over the digital composition process and how traditional literacy skills were modified to include multimodal content.
• Summer week-long digital video camp for middle school students, sixth–eighth grades
• Local historic theater: Typically middle-class, two- parent homes (paid camp $150 per week)
• Group: 4 females; 3 white, 1 Asian.
• Teacher: White female, new teacher. Working as a camp counselor in the summer digital video camp ← 227 | 228 →
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