|"Democracy in Turmoil" (Collage made in response to NY Times, 2.18.2012)|
In this post I want to share what I have been doing lately with a collage journal and how I think it can be an excellent method for increasing students' interest in reading a daily newspaper which in turn will increase vocabulary. Three things to keep in mind:
- Vocabulary is acquired through direct and indirect methods, although the majority of one's vocabulary is acquired through heard and read texts.
- Rare words are often the type of words that learners have difficulty knowing. Newspapers are an excellent source of rare words.
- Transmediation helps to deepen learning as the meaning made in one symbol systems often does not translate intact to another symbol system. This requires the learner to 'reread' and interpret.
During the last week, I have composed a daily response to what I have read in the newspaper. In my case, that paper is The New York Times. What I have found is that how I read the newspaper has altered as I am reading across articles, advertisements, letters, and images. Further, I am attending to single words and headlines in ways I simply did not do prior to keeping the journal.
In this Slideshare I explain about vocabulary acquisition, transmediation, and the specifics of creating a collage journal.
Reading Newspapers and Keeping a Collage Journal: Increasing Vocabulary through Transmediation
Creating the e-Collage Journal
- Another way to create the collage is to access an online newspaper and to read and/or listen to articles and to peruse images.
- Make screen shots (command + shift + 4 keys on a Mac; home key and power key on an iPad, iPod touch) of the images and text you want to use in your collage.
- Import images into a graphics program. I use Adobe Photoshop, although Illustrator would work as well.
- Create the collage and upload to an e-journal.
- This is an example of a collage I made in this manner.
|"An American Crisis of Identity" Collage made from NY TIMES, 2.17.2012|
If you try this, please let me know how it works for you and I hope you'll share any collages you compose.