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?
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).
If you’re working with children, this post about zines for kids may be helpful.
Our panelists recommended the following: