My students need colorful paper, pencils, erasers, vibrant cardstock, jet black ink, drawing guides, and a how-to manual to create their own zany zine packed with poetry, comix, recipes, interviews, drawings, and jokes!
I work with students who are English language learners and have learning disabilities. They also come from families that struggle with paying bills and affording school supplies and books. Despite these challenges, my students bring many strengths to the classroom, including a passion for learning and a willingness to take risks as they acquire the building blocks of reading.
My students love math, science, computers, and art, and they love learning how things work.
They are curious about the world and are eager to improve their literacy skills.
My students need colorful paper, pencils, erasers, vibrant and sturdy cardstock, jet black ink, magnets (to display work), and poster paper (to advertise on campus) to create a Zany Zine that gives them a voice and a reason to write. In Educating With Zines, Yang (2013) states that one of the key advantages of giving students the option to create zines in-class is the freedom it gives them to choose the format and topic that they most want to engage with.
Reluctant writers will be more engaged and excited to write and express their ideas when given the chance to share their drawings and writings in a zine that features comix, an advice column, a horoscope, games, jokes, drawings, interviews with the custodian and other local heroes, and recipes.
Students will learn how to collaborate as a team as they create a quarterly zine that showcases their best work. Students who rarely write will discover the joy of writing and publishing and contributing to their school community in a positive way. Zany Zines will inspire kids to discover their unique voice while honing writing skills!
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