Category Archives: Teaching Visuals: with, about, through

decoding visuals, encoding through language

Part 2: High and Low of Teaching Comics

PART 2 I first assigned McCloud’s chapter 6 of Understanding Comics in a basic writing class, but I did not know how to teach it, and my students did not know how to read it. The freshman comp anthologies using … Continue reading

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Part 1: The High and Low of Teaching Comics

(first of a series) I first ran into McCloud’s Understanding Comics in the visually-oriented Freshman English anthology Seeing and Writing. The book reproduced McCloud’s chapter 6  “Show and Tell” :  a humorous and brilliant comic book  introduction to representation—how a … Continue reading

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The Muse Returns

The Muse Returns written 10/11/13 edited 10/27/13 After my uninspiring blog post on the media literacy conference (9/7/13 post), I fell so deep into my City College-On-Death-Row-Semester that I could not think about posting, or even writing for myself. There … Continue reading

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Writing the Unspeakable

I wrote an earlier post on this blog (November 2012) about two collections of statues at City College of San Francisco, portraying community college students, and about their uncertain future. I did not venture into the statue issue as an … Continue reading

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Teaching about San Francisco Community Murals

text by Jeff Goldthorpe photographs by David Yu Here I am with my students, walking down 24th Street past South Van Ness toward Balmy Alley, San Francisco’s first outdoor mural gallery. I am lucky this semester to have David Yu … Continue reading

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Putting My Money Down

It is 5/3/13, middle of the night again. I have just put down a pretty hefty sum to attend a national meeting of the National Association of Media Literacy Educators (NAMLE) in July, an organization I know very little about, … Continue reading

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Trying a Millennial Time Capsule with Basic Writing Students

I brought back an old time capsule assignment from the San Francisco State University Broadcasting Department (I never did it as student or taught as a teacher).  It is basically just Semiotics 101:  explain why something is a symbol of … Continue reading

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Statuary of Community College Students?

(under construction—to be continued—comments welcomed) City College of San Francisco houses two exceptional collections of statues, one displayed in the cafeteria, and the other stored in an ancient bungalow, periodically trundled out for display (see a quick video introduction on … Continue reading

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Autistic Children Using i-Pads

Autistic Children Using the i-Pad—An English 1A Student’s Research Paper My English 1A class has the lofty goal of using the digital medium to encourage written reflection (in the form of traditional composition) on the digital and print media.  This … Continue reading

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Teaching Diego Rivera’s “Pan American Unity” Mural

Rivera Powerpoint Steven Mayers and I presented this slide show with a  (lecture not available here) to share our experience teaching about Diego Rivera’s “Pan American Unity” located on the City College of San Francisco main campus, and to encourage … Continue reading

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