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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Squish

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Squish is a comic book-loving, Twinkie-eating, blubbery, super-swell amoeba “kid” who wrestles with good and evil in life around him and learns about life’s responsibilities. He faces all sorts of challenges with his friends Pod, a nerdy, mooching amoeba who’s always working on some lay-brained science scheme to help him tame his world, and Peggy, a clueless, huge-hearted, super-sweet, happy-go-lucky loving paramecium. In the first four books, they face challenges in school, summer camp, soccer games, and much more...

 

We highlight Squish this month because it’s a wonderful series full of fun, humor, and real-life problems facing middle school “microorganism kids.” And while each volume is under 100 pages and geared for kids ages 7–12, they will be enjoyed by older readers as well with their compelling themes and sharp, sophisticated humor. These endearing pond-dwelling microorganisms deal with issues of friendship, bullies, overcoming fears, and learning that doing the right thing is one of life’s greatest challenges — and rewards — whether you’re a superhero like Super Amoeba, or a plain kid like Squish.

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Departing the Text: International Comic-Con: San Diego 2014 - Some Background and Awesome Panels For Classrooms

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Chiggers | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Using Graphic Novels in Education: Chiggers | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund | Graphic Novels in Classrooms: Promoting Visual and Verbal LIteracy | Scoop.it

Hope Larson tells a strong story about friendship, loyalty, and choices and provides card game and friendship bracelet instructions, making this a heart-warming summer choice for young teenagers.

The rest of the story is up to you to read and enjoy.

In short, Chiggers is about friendship, camp cliques, and games, and learning from both good and bad choices. It is recommended for young teens and older. In addition to Larson’s nuanced characters and summer exploits Chiggers is about:

Navigating friendships in and out of cliques;Taking ownership for decisions and learning from them;Dealing with the need to belong while maintaining individuality and independence;An honest look at the ins and outs of summer sleep-away camp.


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Departing the Text - Summer 2014 Reading: A-Z Graphic Novel Suggestions for Kids of all Ages

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Kids Comics List 2013 | it's yaytime!

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Kids Comics List 2013 | it's yaytime!

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Pretty in Ink: Looking at Women's Contributions to Comics

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Maggie's World 015: Girls Allowed

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Maggie Thompson talks about the world of comics and female readers, reminding us that girls have always been "allowed" in comics.
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Nat Turner | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

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"How does a weaker minority dominate a physically superior majority? In my research I learned that this is accomplished by destroying the slave’s mind. More effective than whips and guns was the simple act of outlawing the teaching of slaves to read and to write." - Nat Turner

 

In this post, we take a closer look at Nat Turner by Kyle Baker. While originally self-published in four issues, it was soon picked up and published as a single edition by Harry N. Abrams (2008). Nat Turner received the Glyph award for Best Artist, Best Cover, and for Best Story of the Year, 2006; the Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work, 2006; and the Harvey Award for Best Graphic Album — Previously Published, 2009. This work also received an Eisner Award nomination for Best Limited Series, 2006; and Harvey Award nominations for Best Writer, Best Artist and Best Single Issue or Story, 2009. Library Journal gave it a starred review noting, “Baker’s suspenseful and violent work documents the slave trade’s atrocities as no textbook can, with an emotional power approaching that of Maus.”

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Departing the Text: With Digital Literacy Comes Digital Ethics

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Outstanding resources to help explain and promote digital literacy, digital ethics, and safe Internet use.

 

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50 Free Animation Tools And Resources For Digital Learners

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50 Free Animation Tools And Resources For Digital Learners

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Departing the Text: Great Reads, Discussions and Lesson Suggestions for Black History Month

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Meryl Jaffe, PhD's curator insight, January 18, 6:36 PM

Awesome resource for associated links, for recommended readings for kids of all ages, and for lesson and discussion suggestions!!

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Squish

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Squish is a comic book-loving, Twinkie-eating, blubbery, super-swell amoeba “kid” who wrestles with good and evil in life around him and learns about life’s responsibilities. He faces all sorts of challenges with his friends Pod, a nerdy, mooching amoeba who’s always working on some lay-brained science scheme to help him tame his world, and Peggy, a clueless, huge-hearted, super-sweet, happy-go-lucky loving paramecium. In the first four books, they face challenges in school, summer camp, soccer games, and much more...

 

We highlight Squish this month because it’s a wonderful series full of fun, humor, and real-life problems facing middle school “microorganism kids.” And while each volume is under 100 pages and geared for kids ages 7–12, they will be enjoyed by older readers as well with their compelling themes and sharp, sophisticated humor. These endearing pond-dwelling microorganisms deal with issues of friendship, bullies, overcoming fears, and learning that doing the right thing is one of life’s greatest challenges — and rewards — whether you’re a superhero like Super Amoeba, or a plain kid like Squish.

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AWESOME FREE WEBINAR: Hitting a Home Run Integrating Non-Fiction Graphic Novels in Your Lessons to Meet Divergent Student Needs and CCSS

Bridging traditional language-arts education and 21st-century technology with Common Core Standards, Meryl Jaffe, PhD demonstrates: (1) how non-fiction graphic novels can be paired with classic and prose texts and media links to meet learning and curricular demands, promoting visual and verbal literacies; and (2) how these types of lessons not only meet CCSS, but help address different student learning styles and learning skills.

 

Hitting a Home Run: Integrating Non-Fiction Graphic Novels in Your Lessons to Meet Divergent Student Needs and CCSS.”  You can view it here: https://vimeo.com/81551403

 

If you have questions after viewing the webinar, please feel free to contact Dr. Meryl Jaffe via email at jojojjaffe@gmail.com. Dr. Jaffe posts teaching suggestions weekly on her website Departing the Text welcoming reader comments and questions (http://departingthetext.blogspot.com). Finally, for those wanting more great ways to incorporate graphic novels in classrooms and with or without prose text and/or media pairings, please see her monthly columns for The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, "Using Graphic Novels in Education" and download her web version of "Raising a Reader!" as well.

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Departing the Text: Amelia Rules!

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Kids Comics Awards 2014 Winners

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The KCR! Kids’ Comics Awards offers kids the opportunity to share their enthusiasm for comics of various styles and formats. Kids cast a vote for their favorite comics and characters across twelve ...
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Nominees and voting announced for 2014 Kids Comic Awards — The Beat

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Stuck in the Middle: Seventeen Comics from an UNPLEASANT Age

Using Graphic Novels in Education: Stuck in the Middle: Seventeen Comics from an UNPLEASANT Age | Graphic Novels in Classrooms: Promoting Visual and Verbal LIteracy | Scoop.it

IF you can survive junior high, you can survive ANYTHING!! (I Swear)
–Jace Smith, “Tips for Surviving Middle School,” Stuck in the Middle

 

In this post, we look at Stuck in the Middle: Seventeen Comics from an UNPLEASANT Age, edited by Ariel Schrag. Stuck in the Middle is an anthology of comics by critically acclaimed cartoonists who take a bitingly honest look back at their “awkward” middle-school years, reflecting upon them with sensitivity and some humor. Many of the pieces, however lack resolution, making them unsettling — much like those teenage years themselves. While some may find this format haunting and less kid-friendly, the stories serve as outstanding opportunities to brainstorm and problem solve.

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Departing the Text: Shakespeare through Infographics

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Inspired by an outstanding production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream this past weekend (University of Chicago's Dean's Men Production), I thought I'd take post an interesting collection of facts, quotes and infographics related to Shakespeare and his works.

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Using Graphic Novels in Education: Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund | Graphic Novels in Classrooms: Promoting Visual and Verbal LIteracy | Scoop.it
Welcome to Using Graphic Novels in Education, an ongoing feature from CBLDF that is designed to allay confusion around the content of graphic novels and to...
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Departing the Text: King: A Special Edition Graphic Novel by Ho Che Anderson

Departing the Text: King: A Special Edition Graphic Novel by Ho Che Anderson | Graphic Novels in Classrooms: Promoting Visual and Verbal LIteracy | Scoop.it

King was originally published in three volumes (1993-2002, Fantagraphics Books), went out of print in 2006, and was republished in a Special Edition, 2010. While very briefly introducing his father’s influence upon him, King focuses most of its attention on MLK’s adult path and his role in the civil rights movement. We learn about King through a weaving of first- and third-person narratives, providing personal glimpses and insights into the man (versus the legend). We learn why he was loved, feared, hated, and revered. We learn how he organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott; how he founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and their Crusade for Citizenship, Freedom Rides, Lunch Counter Boycotts, Project C, and Birmingham Manifesto; we read about the March on Washington and his “I Have a Dream” speech (among others); his role in Chicago and CORE and his growing struggle promoting non-violent protests; and his tragic death in 1968. Aside from King’s own personal life, we also learn of his relationship with his colleagues, communities, and with politicians such as the Kennedys and Lyndon B. Johnson. We learn not only about what he did, but how he navigated through politics and social change.

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: March: Book One | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Using Graphic Novels in Education: March: Book One | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund | Graphic Novels in Classrooms: Promoting Visual and Verbal LIteracy | Scoop.it
In this post, we take a closer look at March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Top Shelf, 2013). We highlight it here as it sensitively documents Americans’ struggle for equal rights and civil liberties, and because this award-winning graphic novel is an excellent book to read, learn, and discuss for Black History Month.


March: Book One begins the trilogy of Representative John Lewis’s graphic novel memoire, co-written with his aide Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell. It is a critically acclaimed best-seller that received the 2013 Coretta Scott King Honor Book Award by the American Library Association and has been named one of the best books of 2013 by USA Today, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, The Horn Book, ComicsAlliance, and others."

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Departing the Text: The Course of Comics/Graphic Novels in the Classroom

Departing the Text: The Course of Comics/Graphic Novels in the Classroom | Graphic Novels in Classrooms: Promoting Visual and Verbal LIteracy | Scoop.it

Until recently, comics were confiscated, banned and frowned upon in schools. With advances in computer technology and graphics, a surge of outstanding works, and from a push from librarians and teachers, they are now being integrated in school and home libraries and classrooms.

Below is a closer look at the course comics and graphic novels have taken in and out of the classrooms But,  before we look at the course of comics, here are some resources explaining why graphic novels fit in most classrooms, along with suggested reading lists and teaching suggestions:

GREAT RESOURCES are included below...

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Remembering MLK: The Silence of Our Friends | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Remembering MLK: The Silence of Our Friends | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund | Graphic Novels in Classrooms: Promoting Visual and Verbal LIteracy | Scoop.it
Martin Luther King, Jr., used his right to free speech to fight one of the most important battles in American history, often -- and ultimately -- at great ...
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The 5 Best Free Cartoon Making Tools for Teachers

The 5 Best Free Cartoon Making Tools for Teachers | Graphic Novels in Classrooms: Promoting Visual and Verbal LIteracy | Scoop.it
Cartoons are likely a form of entertainment that your students are very familiar with. As a matter of fact, every student in your class probably enjoys cartoons in some form.

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Frances's curator insight, January 16, 7:57 AM

E tools

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Pour fabriquer des BD à but pédagogique (ne plait pas qu'aux petits !)

Jane Ryan's curator insight, March 20, 9:16 PM

This is fun for writing!

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2013 Year's Best: Nonfiction and Historical Fiction Graphic Novels for Kids and Classrooms

2013 Year's Best: Nonfiction and Historical Fiction Graphic Novels for Kids and Classrooms | Graphic Novels in Classrooms: Promoting Visual and Verbal LIteracy | Scoop.it

Reflecting on 2013, I thought I'd share my favorite non-fiction and historical fiction kids' grapic novels with you, hoping you'll find ways of incorporating them in your homes, libraries, and classrooms. For those of you interested in a wider reading list, I have also included links by other librarians, educators, and graphic novel aficionados who have listed their 2013 favorites as well. I've included a few outstanding "honorable mentions" in fiction (I just couldn't resist sharing them with you).

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