Paul McCartney in a Hurricane: Pairing If <i>I Ever Get Out of Here</i> and <i>Drowned City</i> in a Content Area Literacy course

  • Ashley K. Dallacqua The University of New Mexico
  • Rick Marlatt New Mexico State University


Ashley Dallacqua and Rick Marlatt examine the challenges in linking the classroom concepts of specific Content Area Literacy and Young Adult Literature. They suggest that developing a range of pathways for readers to engage, learn, and question within their particular literacy communities enable them to appreciate and build the different ways that texts can speak to them.

Author Biographies

Ashley K. Dallacqua, The University of New Mexico
Ashley K. Dallacqua was previously a fifth-grade teacher, and is currently assistant professor of literacy at The University of New Mexico, earning her Ph. D at The Ohio State University. Her research interests include multimodal and multimedia literacies and their use in academic settings. She works closely with teachers and young adults, supporting the integration of new texts and literacy practices into school spaces.  In much of her work there an emphasis on comics and graphic novels.
Rick Marlatt, New Mexico State University
Rick Marlatt is an assistant professor of English Language Arts and Literacy at New Mexico State University, where he received the Emerging Scholar Award in 2018. He earned his MFA from the University of California, Riverside and his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research interests include digital literacies, creative writing, and literary analysis.
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