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Critical Literacy in Action: Multimodal Texts on Global Warming

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Critical Literacy in Action: Multimodal Texts on Global Warming

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 45- to 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Amy Alexandra Wilson

Athens, Georgia


International Literacy Association



From Theory to Practice



This lesson provides a way to combine scientific topics into an English lesson. Students apply specific comprehension strategies to multimodal texts as they investigate and interrogate the effects and possible causes of global warming. Students explore global warming through a variety of photographs, diagrams, and websites. As they look at each type of media, students catalog the strengths and weaknesses of these representations before identifying comprehension strategies that can be applied across various media.

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Wilson, A.A. (2008). Moving beyond the page in content area literacy: Comprehension instruction for multimodal texts in science. The Reading Teacher, 62(2), pp. 153156.

  • Reading and designing multiple representations are at the heart of learning science.

  • Students can adapt and apply familiar comprehension strategies to multimodal texts in science, including experiments, photographs, diagrams, videos, and websites.

  • Students should become aware of the strengths and weaknesses of multiple forms of representation in conveying scientific content.

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