Meaning Making with Picturebooks: Young Children's Use of Semiotic Resources

My newest article is out! I'm really excited to share this one. In it, Lindsey Moses, Frank Serafini, Megan Hoelting, and myself as part of a year-long, classroom-based research study examining literacy instruction and development, observed emerging decoders draw from a range of semiotic resources while reading picturebooks. Utilizing a case study approach, the researchers selected eight first graders to act as a representative case, and examined their interactions with multimodal picturebooks. Analysis of students’ interactions led to the development of a typology of semiotic resources that students used to make meaning with picturebooks including typographical features, paralinguistic features, design features, illustrations, and background knowledge. Analysis also revealed that students articulated meaning in three distinct ways: explicitly, inferentially, and performatively. Findings suggests that traditional ways of assessing emerging decoders may not fully represent their meaning making practices.

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