Ruble, Julie, and Kim Lysne. "The Animated Classroom: Using Japanese Anime to Engage and Motivate Students." English Journal 100.1 (2010): 37-46.
Teachers introduce Japanese culture through several media, most notably Hayao Miyazaki’s anime films like Spirited Away and Ponyo. Through these texts, students learn not only about the culture and history of Japan but also about environmental concerns. Students also learn about the animation process, developing a project where they make their own films. Focusing on the skills and techniques they’ve learned, students become directors and screenwriters themselves, collaborating to communicate their own environmental messages through film. Students are then assessed based on the originality and creativity of the script, as well as their ability to collaborate.
"What Activity Has Been Most Effective in Assisting High School Students to Read Successfully?" English Journal 93.5 (2004): 20-23.
Several teachers share their experiences and insights about how to help students become successful readers. From introspective activities encouraging students to discover their own feelings about reading to social interactions that help students feel comfortable with being readers. Students have many gateways into successful reading, such as through graphic novels or through reading texts based on personal interest.
Vasudevan, Lalitha M. "Looking for Angels: Knowing Adolescents by Engaging with Their Multimodal Literacy Practices." Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 50.4 (2007).
An eight-month vignette of the life of one young reader. Labeled a “low literate,” the student nevertheless exhibits creativity and intelligence in contrast to arbitrary standards imposed by the school system. This perceived discrepancy is exemplary of how schools are blind to young people’s voluntary engagement as both producers and consumers of a variety of texts.