Multimodal texts

How effective are print-based comprehension models for reading and assessing text?

From what I have observed in my time in the classroom (which isn’t too long) and through exploring research is that a lot of teaching of text is mainly print-based. Even though this form of text or media is important to teach, the exposure of multimodal texts, such as computer games, television documentaries and online social network sites, must be included in today’s teaching. Just an exposure to these multimodal texts will not be enough to enable the students to fully comprehend the multimodal texts. Incorporating strategies to improve comprehension skills of these multimodal text will then in turn help students with fluency and understanding of print-based texts.

The attached article does a great job of examining the effectiveness of a traditional model for comprehension of print-based texts when implemented to a digital multimodal text. I highly recommend reviewing it and taking some bits and pieces that you like from it.

Pleasant readings!

Harris, A. (2011). How effective are print-based comprehension models for reading and assessing multimodal texts? Literacy Learning : the Middle Years, 19(3), 19.

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