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Multimodal Composition A Critical Sourcebook



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Multimodal Composition gives instructors a starting point for rethinking the kinds of texts they teach and produce. Chapters take up fundamental questions, such as What is multimodal composition, and why should I care about it? How do I bring multimodal composition into the classroom? How do I use multiple modes in my scholarship? With practical discussions about assessing student work and incorporating multiple modes into composition scholarship, this book provides a firm foundation for graduate teaching assistants and established instructors alike.

Author Biography

Claire Lutkewitte, PhD, is an assistant professor of writing at Nova Southeastern University where she teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate composition courses. She has published and presented on multimodal composition, composition pedagogy, computers and technology, and writing center practice. Her current research interests include investigating the relationships between mobile learning and composition and exploring how new technologies, like mobile technologies, can help or hinder composition instructors and students in and out of the classroom. Her latest work, an edited collection called Web 2.0 Applications for Composition Classrooms, examines successful composition assignments that creatively utilize Web 2.0 applications.

Table of Contents


An Introduction to Multimodal Composition Theory and Practice 1

Part One: What Counts as Multimodal Composition and Why Does it Matter? 9

Introduction 11

1. Position Statement on Multimodal Literacies 17

National Council of Teachers of English

2. Contending with Terms: ‘Multimodal’ and ‘Multimedia’ in the Academic and Public Spheres 22

Claire Lauer

3. The Still-Unbuilt Hacienda 42

Geoffrey Sirc

4. Made Not Only in Words: Composition in a New Key 62

Kathleen Blake Yancey

5. Imagery 89

Jeff Rice

6. The Movement of Air, the Breath of Meaning: Aurality and Multimodal Composing 113

Cynthia L. Selfe

7. Who Will Be the Inventors? Why Not Us?’ Multimodal Composition in the Two-Year College Classroom 150

Lisa Bickmore and Ron Christiansen

8. Show, Not Tell: The Value of New Media Scholarship 163

Cheryl E. Ball

Part Two: A Matter of Design 187

Introduction 189

9. A Pedagogy of Multiliteracies: Designing Social Futures 193

New London Group

10. From Analysis to Design: Visual Communication in the Teaching of Writing 218

Diana George

11. Writing in Multimodal Texts: A Social Semiotic Account of Designs for Learning 233

Jeff Bezemer and Gunther Kress

12. Embracing Wicked Problems: The Turn to Design in Composition Studies 000

Richard Marback

Part Three: Making Meaning with Multimodal Composition 277

Introduction 279

13. Gains and Losses: New Forms of Texts, Knowledge, and Learning 283

Gunther Kress

14. awaywithwords: On the Possibilities in Unavailable Designs 302

Anne Francis Wysocki

15. Multimodality, "Reading" and "Writing" for the 21st Century 309

Carey Jewitt

16. Composing Multimodality 325

Joddy Murray

Part Four: Assignments and Assessment 351

Introduction 353

17. This Was (NOT) an Easy Assignment: Negotiating an

Activity-based Framework for Composing 357

Jody Shipka

18. Digital Mirrors: Multimodal Reflection in the Composition Classroom 358

Debra Journet, Tabetha Adkins, Chris Alexander, Patrick Corbett, and Ryan Trauman

19. The Low Bridge to High Benefits: Entry-Level Multimedia, Literacies, and Motivation 360

Daniel Anderson

20. Between Modes: Assessing Students’ New Media Compositions 381

Madeleine Sorapure

21. The New Work of Assessment: Evaluating Multimodal Compositions 382

Elizabeth A. Murray, Hailey A. Sheets, and Nicole A. Williams

Part Five: Building a Sustainable Environment for Multimodal Composition 000

Introduction 387

22. The Rhetorical Work of Multimedia Production Practices: It’s More than Just Technical Skill 391

Jennifer Sheppard

23. Infrastructure and Composing: The When of New-Media Writing 405

Dànielle Nicole DeVoss, Ellen Cushman, and Jeffrey T. Grabill

24. Institutional Dimensions of Academic Computing 427

Stuart Selber

25. Taking a Traditional Composition Program ‘Multimodal:’ Web 2.0 and Institutional Change at a Small Liberal Arts Institution 448

Christine Tulley

Part Six: The Dynamic Nature of Literacy and Multimodal Composers 451

Introduction 453

26. Locating the Semiotic Power of Multimodality 457

Glynda A. Hull, and Mark Evan Nelson

27. Heritage Literacy: Adoption, Adaptation, and Alienation or Multimodal Literacy Tools 486

Suzanne Kesler Rumsey

28. Composition 2.0: Toward a Multilingual and Multimodal Framework 497

Steven Fraiberg

29. Remixing Basic Writing: Digital Media Production and the Basic Writing Curriculum 517

Catherine C Braun, Ben McCorkle, and Amie C. Wolf

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