teaching with zines

If you’re interested in teaching with zines, below are some great resources, some in zine format!

This “Teaching with Zines” zine is a great introduction to using zines in the classroom. The zine has a list of resources, best practices, ideas for creating meaningful activities, and discussion of assessment and different types of learners. It was written in June 2018 by Kathleen Aragon, Deanie Adams, Jolie Braun, Emma Fernhout, Juli Huddleston, Kelly McElroy, Sarah G. Wenzel, and Kelly Wooten.

cover image of 2018 "Teaching with Zines" zine

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Another great place to start is Kelly’s Teaching Info Lit with Zines (pdf). Kelly uses the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education to frame three sample lesson plans for undergraduates. The zine also deftly describes why you might want to teach with zines: they’re self-published and often informal, so “they may be less threatening to learners,” and they demonstrate a “very accessible way for learners to synthesize and compile their own knowledge.”


Teaching With Zines on the Barnard Library website includes three lesson plans aimed at grades 7 through undergraduate students, as well as a variety of resources including articles and books.

The Teaching Zines group on We Make Zines also has some good resources.

In a blog post called “Let’s Talk About: Zines in the Classroom, Pros and Cons,” Daniela Capistrano from the POC Zine Project brings up valuable caveats about teaching with zines and the expectations of creating (and being graded on) zines with personal material. It includes a list of questions educators should ask themselves before bringing zine-making into the classroom. It’s essential reading!

For a more in-depth analysis, the Ph.D. dissertation of Karin H. deGravelles, In the ruins of zine pedagogy: a narrative study of teaching with zines, explores the praxis of using zines in the classroom.

For more information on zine-making skills, see our Intro to Zines page.


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