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Using Comics and Graphic Novels in the Classroom (The Council Chronicle, Sept. 05)

Using Comics and Graphic Novels in the Classroom (The Council Chronicle, Sept. 05)
While Americans tend to view comics as “fodder for children,” people in Europe and Japan have a more positive view of the medium, explains John Lowe, who is chair of the Sequential Art Department at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. Lowe thinks comics deserve more credit, especially since they launched his interest in literature. “I started reading comics, and then I got into other types of fiction and literature. Now he works with students who are interested in cartoons, graphic novels, and manga—Japanese comics and graphic novels—which Lowe notes are especially popular among female students. Storytelling is the program’s primary focus because this skill prepares students to work in any genre, Lowe explains. Bridging Literacies Other educators also see the educational potential of comics and graphic novels. Comics and graphic novels can be used as a “point of reference” to bridge what students already know with what they have yet to learn, Xu says. Sharon F. Related:  COLLECTION: Graphic Novels and Manga

Graphic Novels Reading Lists - 2016 Update | Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) These Graphic Novel Reading Lists are available for students Kindergarten to 2nd grade, 3rd to 5th grade and 6th to 8th grade. PDFs of the book lists are available online in full color and black and white and are free to download, copy and distribute. Libraries are able to customize the booklist with their own information, hours, and list of programs before printing and distributing. Graphic novel here is defined as a full-length story told in paneled, sequential, graphic format. To keep the list manageable in size, only the first title in a series is included with a notation that there are others. Color K - 2nd grade 3rd - 5th grade 6th - 8th grade Grayscale K- 2nd grade

Discovering the Depth in Graphic Novels In spite of their reputation for simplicity, graphic novels can display a surprising level of depth. This sense of depth can come through in a variety of ways—from the language to the interplay of words and images to the themes that can be explored in visual texts. And like novels, graphic novels employ a range of literary conventions, so they’re ripe for classroom discussion. Teachers may feel graphic novels are too simple because the pictures do some of the work that words have to do in novels, but those pictures have their own particular grammar and conventions, a point Scott McCloud makes in his graphic novel about graphic novels, Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. Those conventions provide plenty of scope for learning and analysis. As a young reader, I was enthralled with comic books and graphic novels, and they were the center of my most engaged reading life. As a doctoral student in literacy, I’ve had more time to reflect on comics and graphic novels. American Born Chinese

Guided Reading Prompts and Questions to Improve Comprehension Each year my class has students reading all along the continuum, from developing to fluent to proficient, which means I'm sometime juggling up to six guided reading and skill groups. With each group, I have found using prompts or targeted questions has helped bolster comprehension for developing readers while deepening understanding of text for those who are able to read fluently at a higher level. This week, I'm happy to share the resources I've created to keep my most effective prompts and questions that I use with fictional text right at my fingertips. Prompt Booklet Prompts are wonderful tools to have when you are helping individual students make their way through a text or to check on how well the members of your small group are understanding the text. I normally use prompts that promote and reinforce the comprehension strategies we teach and model in reader's workshop mini-lessons. Self-monitoringMaking PredictionsInferringUnderstanding Author's PurposeSummarizing

Trending: Let’s Celebrate Comics! Did you know that today is National Comic Book Day? To celebrate, we are sharing a contribution by Michael Cavna of the Washington Post to the September–October issue of LCM, the Library of Congress magazine. The entire issue, available here, showcases the Library’s collection of some 140,000 comic books. Self-portrait by Michael Cavna for the Library of Congress, 2017. She had come because of a comic book. A young woman attended a comics-convention panel I moderated several years ago to listen in person to Rep. Lewis had just published “March: Book One,” the first in an illustrated trilogy about how nonviolent protest was used to combat segregation in America. On this day, the woman came to the microphone and asked: “As a person in a same-sex relationship, should I move to D.C. so I can get married legally, or stay in Virginia and challenge the law?” “You must fight!” The room went silent, in awe of his resonant moral clarity. Consider the social commentary of Richard F.

The Graphic Novel: A Visual Literacy Tool for Educating Students When novels burst onto the literary scene in the 18th century with Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, they presented something truly new: the idea that a common person and his pursuits could matter. This concept shattered the notion that books needed to focus on high-minded ideals and individuals of high social value. Nearly a quarter of the way into the 21st century, teachers and students find themselves in a familiar place with a new type of book, the graphic novel. Teachers and students alike often ask if graphic novels have a place in the classroom. Let’s examine their many benefits and how they can be used in your classroom. Defining the graphic novel Since graphic novels look similar in layout to comic books, those new to the genre may confuse the two. Benefits of the graphic novel While preschool and elementary teachers have long used illustrated texts with their students, the idea of bringing graphic novels into the upper grades gives educators pause. Building graphic novel knowledge

Reading Strategies for Elementary Students WatchKnowLearn ratings are intentionally harsher than what you might find on YouTube, for example. Most of our videos have been imported by people who want to use them with kids, not by the creators of the videos. We take a hard-nosed attitude toward quality. More help with rating Unless changed, the Finder is the person who uploaded the video to WatchKnowLearn. More help about the Finder field WatchKnowLearn ratings are intentionally harsher than what you might find on YouTube, for example. More help with rating Unless changed, the Finder is the person who uploaded the video to WatchKnowLearn. More help about the Finder field

Teaching With Graphic Novels Illustration by Gareth Hinds On March 14, 2013, teachers in the Chicago Public Schools were told, without explanation, to remove all copies of Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel Persepolis (Pantheon, 2003) from their classrooms. A day later, facing protests from students and anti-censorship organizations, Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett explained the move. The “powerful images of torture” on a single page of the book made it unsuitable for seventh graders and required the district to give teachers in grades eight through 10 special professional development classes before they could teach it. This is the paradox of graphic novels: The visual element that gives them their power can also make them vulnerable to challenges. At the same time, graphic novels are increasingly used in the classroom. From challenged material to classroom curricula “Prose books and comics are challenged for the same reasons,” Brownstein says. Graphic novels as teaching tools Effective communication

The Comic Book Collection - Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room (Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress) The largest publicly available collection of comic books in the United States is housed in the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room. The collection includes U.S. and foreign comic books--over 12,000 titles in all, totaling more than 140,000 issues. Primarily composed of the original print issues, the collection includes color microfiche of selected early comic book titles (such as Superman, More Fun, and Action Comics), bound volumes of comic books submitted by the publishers and special reprints. The collection is most comprehensive from the mid-1940s on; however, many titles date back to the 1930s. Acquisitions: The Library acquires current comic books published and distributed in the United States almost exclusively through copyright deposit, but also acquires a small collection of foreign titles as well. Collection Highlights: Accessing the Collection: In part because of their fragility, comic books are available to researchers for use under special conditions only.