This book is a great resource for learning more and to have on hand in the classroom. If possible I like to show this video of a teen girl talking about making zines...she's so much cooler than me!
When we make zines I usually use it as an introductory lesson for students to share a topic that relates to their identity (middle and high school). Students are put ease because it's not an intimidating project and they LOVE to talk about themselves:)
As a long term art sub I recently used this lesson with the following results:
These were made on a simple piece of 8 and 1/2" 11" copy paper that's folded into fourths.
This lesson is a good indicator of student ability and creativity.
Thanks to Meri for introducing me to the world of zines in the first place:)