Chapter 7: Multimodality and Non-Traditional Texts

Deeper Reading: “An Introduction to and Strategies for Multimodal Composing”

“An Introduction to and Strategies for Multimodal Composing” by Melanie Gagich can be found here.


In this essay from Writing Spaces volume 3, Melanie Gagich introduces multimodality and provides five steps to help students begin the composing processes. Additionally, the essay includes specific examples of the five modes of communication (aural, textual, visual, gestural, and spatial) while also arguing for the importance of multimodal composing in writing classrooms. She also includes a brief review of how to find open (or free) resources and media and definitions of Creative Commons licenses.


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