Welcome to NewLits.org
is a wiki space created to collaboratively develop a rich range of specialist resources for middle school language arts/literacy educators (typically Grades 5 to 8). These resources focus variously and broadly on new literacies and digital technologies.
” in the sense used here are literacy practices mediated by digital technologies (e.g., blogging, gaming, social networking), or that are newly recognized as literacies due to their increased ubiquity as a practice (e.g., fanfiction writing, live action role-plays)
A key component of this wiki is a set of commissioned papers from authorities within the field of new literacies. These papers can be access here:
James Paul Gee:
Lucidly Functional Language
A Hybrid Approach to Content Area Literacy
Digi-Pop: New Literacies Need New Learning
From the Classroom to the Newsroom: Teaching Media Writing
Publishing and Participating in Online Affinity Spaces
As I see it: Integrating viewing across the curriculum
Glynda Hull and Juliana Avila:
Narrative and digital storytelling
Podcasting and Fluency
Lalitha Vasudevan: Media and youth literacy: Addressing the needs of struggling learners in middle school classrooms
Adolescent Literature and Second Life: Teaching Young Adult Texts in the Digital World
Finding your way around this wiki
We're still in the process of organizing the menu at the left to make it easier to find things; for now, this listing below will help get you started. Do feel free to register and edit/add content to this wiki!
Classroom-based accounts of new literacies in action
Extreme Reading in the Middle Grades
Thematic approaches to using new literacies in classrooms
Witness to History
Resource and how-to pages
Making movies in Second Life
Stop Motion Animation
Teaching grammar in contextualized ways
Teaching procedural texts
Teaching with graphic novels
Games and literacy learning
One way of becoming involved in this wiki is to click on the red "discussion" tab at the top right-hand corner of each screen and have your say in response to what you've read/viewed/listened to on that page (just click on the tab and you're away).
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for details) which means you can use all the materials on this wiki freely for non-profit purposes and with proper attribution to the original creator of the resource(s).
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