Teaching With Zines — IZL(u)C 2020

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This page has resources from the Teaching With Zines session.

Before our session, we invite you to take 5 or 10 minutes to reflect on the following questions. (You can also download and print a zineier version here.)

So you wanna teach with zines! That’s great. Here are some questions to help you think through a zine activity, whether it is a standalone thang or part of a longer-term course or series. You might answer all of these questions, or just a few. 

  • What do you want people to learn? This could be a specific skill, some information, or even a set of feelings.
  • How do you see zines fitting into that? For example, as content (they’re legit learning about zines as zines), as a container for content (they’re learning about cooking by reading zines), or as a container for sharing what they’ve learned (making a zine about science they’ve learned), or something else altogether?
  • Who are your learners or your audience? What is important to know about them?
  • What’s the timeframe? For example, will this all happen in one hour, or be spread over a series of meetings?
  • What do you need to make it happen? Say, a long-arm stapler, or ideas for potential topics, or a stack of kid-friendly zines to browse.
  • Write out the steps for what you expect learners to do:
  • What are you worried about?
  • What are you excited about?
  • How will you know if it worked?

Additional resources

There’s a whole page on this very website filled with resources for teaching with zines: http://zinelibraries.info/running-a-zine-library/teaching-with-zines/. You can also download the Teaching With Zines zine (pdf).

Cover of the Teaching With Zines zine

This zine features recommendations for teaching with zines for all different ages and audiences.

If you’re working with children, this post about zines for kids may be helpful.

Our panelists recommended the following:

Barnard Zine Library:  https://zines.barnard.edu/