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Creating multimodal texts

Problem-centred tasks

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


Scaffolding activities

#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).

#4 Copyright

 Students learn about  restricted copyright images and Creative Commons images. They learn how to reference  restricted copyright resources. 

#5 Design

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.

#6 Design

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.

#7 Power

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).

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