Because college students navigate scores of multimodal texts daily and seem to be constantly composing with media or technological devices, instructors might assume that they are adept at thinking critically about such texts. However, that is not necessarily the case. Teaching students to think critically, analytically, and rhetorically about multimodal texts is crucial to their development as writers in a communication landscape that requires sophisticated digital media and information literacy skills to navigate successfully.

This module recommends texts that align with learning objectives focused on analyzing and composing with multimodal resources. Many of the suggested readings and activities described in the other modules of this guide can be applied to multimodal texts (e.g., analyzing multimodal texts instead of or alongside of primarily alphabetic texts). This resource suggests additional multimodal-centric resources.

English Language Arts, Composition and Rhetoric
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Community College / Lower Division, College / Upper Division
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