Taking a close look at multimodal composing as an essential new literacy in schools, this volume draws from contextualized case studies across educational contexts to provide detailed portraits of teachers and students at work in classrooms. Authors elaborate key issues in transforming classrooms with student multimodal composing, including changes in teachers, teaching, and learning. Six action principles for teaching for embodied learning through multimodal composing are presented and explained.

The rich illustrations of practice encourage both discussion of practical challenges and dilemmas and conceptualization beyond the specific cases. Historically, issues in New Literacy Studies, multimodality, new literacies, and multiliteracies have primarily been addressed theoretically, promoting a shift in educators’ thinking about what constitutes literacy teaching and learning in a world no longer bounded by print text only. Such theory is necessary (and beneficial for re-thinking practices). What Multimodal Composing in Classrooms contributes to this scholarship are the voices of teachers and students talking about changing practices in real classrooms.

chapter 1|12 pages

Multimodal Composing

The Essential 21st Century Literacy
BySuzanne M. Miller, Mary B. McVee

chapter 2|19 pages

The (Artful) Deception of Technology Integration and the move toward a new Literacies Mindset

ByMary B. McVee, Nancy M. Bailey, Lynn E. Shanahan

chapter 3|12 pages

Learning Video Grammar

A Multimodal Approach to Reading and Writing Video Texts
ByDavid L. Bruce

chapter 5|17 pages

“Being Great for Something”

Composing Music Videos in a High School English Class
ByJames Cercone

chapter 6|17 pages

Engaging Literature Through Digital Video Composing

A Teacher's Journey to “Meaning that Matters”
ByMonica Blondell, Suzanne M. Miller

chapter 7|17 pages

Lessons in Multimodal Composition From A Fifth-Grade Classroom

ByLynn E. Shanahan

chapter 8|16 pages

A Literacy Pedagogy for Multimodal Composing

Transforming Learning Teaching
BySuzanne M. Miller, Mary K. Thompson, Ann Marie Lauricella, Fenice B. Boyd, Mary B. McVee

chapter 9|23 pages

Changing the Game

Teaching for Embodied Learning through Multimodal Composing
BySuzanne M. Miller, Mary B. McVee