Connecting Composing Strategies, Digital Literacies, and Disciplinary Content to the Common Core
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.