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Rebus Reading?

Are you familiar with REBUS? It is a representation of words using pictures. We've discussed "auding" as a reading skill in earlier thread. If a person can interpret a rebus that has no words, is he reading? If a person creates a rebus without words, is he writing?



David J. Rosen's picture
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One of my favorite books is  Storyteller Without Words, the Wood Engravings of Lynd Ward. You can get an idea of his graphic novel style from this video

Ward has been called the American father of the graphic novel. Do we "read"  graphic novels?

David J: Rosen





Leecy's picture
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David, what a fantastic example of robust reading/writing! Thanks for sharing it.

You asked, "Do we 'read" graphic novels?" In my opinion, "Yes." Reading is an interpretation of symbols, right?  The fact that graphic symbols are more universally accepted would make graphic reading even more useful among many learners than individual language interpretations of sounds and the symbols they represent. The story you posted could be read in any language. I'm fascinated by this idea! Leecy

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I've just come across a site discussing the use of rebuses as a technique to creatively teach pre-reading skills in books, recipes, and even name tags among school children. I am now thinking of how we might use rebuses with adults, especially beginning readers...or maybe even more advanced learners.

We know that many of our students learn well from images. In past courses, I've had students fill in the speech bubbles in comic strips and vice versa. Those aren't really rebuses, but you get the idea.  Lots of fun. Any ideas?  (I looked it up. The plural of rebus is not rebi or rebusi but rebuses!)

Here's a link to the site mentioned above: . The following site has a list of images demonstrating the practice:

You've probably see rebus puzzles. Here's and example: