Creating multimodal texts
Creating multimodal texts (paper or digital) for particular contexts and for particular audiences
Creating a greeting card (Christmas, Valentine’s day, etc.)
Making a book about a class/school/community/family event
Creating a presentation on a chosen topic
Making comics / graphic novel
Designing a poster advertising a school event
Creating a webpage / blog post on a topic of interest
#1 Modes of meaning making
Students explore examples of multimodal texts and identify what modes are used (e.g. linguistic (oral, written), visual (still, moving), audio, gestural, spatial and multimodal)
#2 Drafting a project
Students brainstorm ideas for their multimodal texts and create an initial draft. They brainstorm the steps in the process (i.e. what needs to be done).
#3 Collecting resources
Students find relevant resources for their projects (e.g. audio/video fragments, texts, images, animation).
Students learn about restricted copyright images and Creative Commons images. They learn how to reference restricted copyright resources.
Students explore apps/software that can be used to create a multimodal text. They learn how to navigate it and explore the strengths it has to offer and its limitations.
Students engage in the design process and experiment with combining different modes. They consider (1) the purpose of the text, (2) the context, (3) audience.
Students compare several examples and identify what makes a multimodal text appealing. They revise their drafts.
#8 Sharing & reflection
Students share their work with the intended audience which may provide feedback on their work. They also reflect on the process (e.g. strategies, challenges, areas for improvement).