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Trading Cards to Comic Strips: Popular Culture Texts and Literacy Learning in Grades K-8

by Shelley Hong Xu

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Trading Cards to Comic Strips: Popular Culture Texts and Literacy Learning in Grades K-8

Grades K – 8
Type Book
Pages 208
Published January 2005
Publisher International Reading Association



Incorporating popular culture texts in the classroom can motivate students—particularly reluctant or struggling readers. This resource gives you everything you need to use television, movies, video games, music, magazines, and other media to enhance students’ literacy learning.

You’ll find a balance of research, theory, and practice, along with numerous classroom teaching ideas and student work samples. Appendices include reproducibles and annotated resources on popular culture texts.


Xu S.H., Perkins, R.S., & Zunich, L.O. (2005). Trading cards to comic strips: Popular culture texts and literacy learning in grades K–8. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.


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