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Graphic Novels in Classrooms: Promoting Visual and Verbal LIteracy
How to integrate and include graphic novels while motivating students and meeting Common Core Standards
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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, 2014 7:57 AM

E tools

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

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

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

Smile is an empowering, heart-warming story about a typical teenager who feels out of place with her changing body, skin, and teeth, and whose only wish is to be a “normal” teen. What readers realize is that as Raina deals with accident traumas and earthquakes, navigates friendships with her childhood girl friends, and learns how to deal with boys in middle and high school, most of us have some kind of issue we must deal with in adolescence. As such, the book speaks honestly and humorously to us all. From beginning to end, Smile shows us how to gracefully embrace life’s twists and be more sensitive to others who are doing the same....

 

This post provides awesome links, paired reading suggestions and lesson plans for using "SMILE" in classrooms.

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Using Graphic Novels in Education and CCSS: Teaching Both Sides of Conflict with Boxers & Saints

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Welcome to Using Graphic Novels in Education, an ongoing feature from CBLDF that is designed to allay confusion around the content of banned books and to h...
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On the short list for the National Book Awards: Young Adult readers, Gene Yang teaches ALL READERS about the power of pop culture, and the importance of looking at conflict from both sides.

 

This post provides a synopsis of this two-book set, loads of lesson ideas, wonderful ficiton and non-fiction pairings for additional reading and  COMMON CORE STANDARDS.

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LOVING and Learning from MONSTER ON THE HILL

LOVING and Learning from MONSTER ON THE HILL | Graphic Novels in Classrooms: Promoting Visual and Verbal LIteracy | Scoop.it

 Monster on the Hill  (Top Shelf Productions, 2013) by cartoonist Rob Harrell (Adam @ Home, Big Top), is a blast to read - a book for kids of all ages, from children through adults, and will make a welcome addition to any library or classroom. 

 

Monster on the Hill  is simply - fun. The characters are awesome, the illustrations are complement the tone, plot and characters, and dialogue is fun and the twists and turns are pure, unadulterated fun! 

 

I gave a copy of this book to a (very) reluctant reader and watched him sit a VERY long time, reading through this, smiling and reacting.  It was a joy to watch. 

Here's why:

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Departing the Text: Join my Webinar And Be a Winner....October 1, 2013

Departing the Text: Join my Webinar And Be a Winner....October 1, 2013 | Graphic Novels in Classrooms: Promoting Visual and Verbal LIteracy | Scoop.it

Spend 30 minutes being WOWED by the AWESOME power pairing graphic novels with traditional prose, texts, and media links. I'll be demonstrating:

the why's and how's of using graphic novels in classrooms how  to use graphic novels to help build learning skills how to use graphic novels for teaching language arts, math, social studies and science

...AND be one of five lucky participants to win a free copy of my book "Using Content-Area Graphic Texts for Learning."
Hope to see you Tuesday afternoon!!!! Here are the details:

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Kennedy's Last Days and the Cuban Missile Crisis and Two Great Resources to Teach Them!

Kennedy's Last Days and the Cuban Missile Crisis and Two Great Resources to Teach Them! | Graphic Novels in Classrooms: Promoting Visual and Verbal LIteracy | Scoop.it
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Fonts & Colors That Drive the World’s Top Brands | Visual.ly

Fonts & Colors That Drive the World’s Top Brands | Visual.ly | Graphic Novels in Classrooms: Promoting Visual and Verbal LIteracy | Scoop.it
See which colors, typefaces and styles come together to form the logos of the world's 100 most powerful brands.
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With emphasis on visual literacy, this clearly illustrates the impact of color and how BLUE, because it is the most pleasing and relaxing color, is the most frequently used color when representing brand names...

 

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: The Silence of Our Friends

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This month, we take a closer look at The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long, Jim Demonakos and Nate Powell (First Second Books, 2012) and provide teaching suggestions for middle and high school classrooms.

 

The Silence of Our Friends has not been banned or challenged to date, so we highlight it here for two reasons: First, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary on the March on Washington; and second, because this story then and now, powerfully relates the pain and ramifications of censorship and racism and the effects such silencing has on everyone.

 

The Silence of Our Friends is a semi-autobiographical story told from the perspective of Mark Long, as a boy. It centers around civil rights incidents covered by his father, a television reporter in Houston, Texas, in 1968, following the Texas Southern University student boycott after the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was banned from campus. It ends with Dr. King’s assassination and the mourning of the larger Houston community as they marched in his memory that following Sunday. The Silence of our Friends emphasizes and reinforces Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s powerful words:

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.

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

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

"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

Departing the Text: Great Reads, Discussions and Lesson Suggestions for Black History Month | Graphic Novels in Classrooms: Promoting Visual and Verbal LIteracy | Scoop.it
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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

Using Graphic Novels in Education: Squish | Graphic Novels in Classrooms: Promoting Visual and Verbal LIteracy | Scoop.it

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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The Squish series is awesome... hope you enjoy this post!

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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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Jimmy Gownley Joins Jeff Smith & Comics All-Stars For CBLDF’s Nov. 10 Benefit Brunch! | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Jimmy Gownley Joins Jeff Smith & Comics All-Stars For CBLDF’s Nov. 10 Benefit Brunch! | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund | Graphic Novels in Classrooms: Promoting Visual and Verbal LIteracy | Scoop.it
Jimmy Gownley, creator of Amelia Rules, will be on hand to sign advance reading copies of his soon-to-be-released comics memoir The Dumbest Idea Ever!, wh...
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Anyone in the NYC area - If you come please find me and say hello - would love to get to meet you personally!  And this really is an awesome event!

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Webinar Focuses on the Use of Graphic Novels in Classrooms | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Webinar Focuses on the Use of Graphic Novels in Classrooms | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund | Graphic Novels in Classrooms: Promoting Visual and Verbal LIteracy | Scoop.it
Dr. Meryl Jaffe has graciously donated her time to write our ongoing series Using Graphic Novels in Education. So far, she has provided teaching tips and C...
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Using Graphic Novels in Education: Barefoot Gen | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

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

Barefoot Gen is an important work and classroom addition. First, it relays an informed accounting of Japan’s role in World War II and is a strong anti-war piece that cannot and should not be silenced. Second, Nakazawa relates a strong geopolitical perspective of the war, discussing the power of political machines, “divine rule” versus democracy, and the power individual citizens must exercise to secure their rights and uphold their values. Finally, this work provides a window for understanding and comparing Eastern and Western cultures — where they meet, where they clash, and what we can and cannot assume.

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FREE WEBINAR: Use Graphic Texts with Print and Non-Print Media to Promote Multiliteracies and Meet Grade 5-12 LA and SS Standards

FREE WEBINAR: Use Graphic Texts with Print and Non-Print Media to Promote Multiliteracies and Meet Grade 5-12 LA and SS Standards | Graphic Novels in Classrooms: Promoting Visual and Verbal LIteracy | Scoop.it

 

  

Use Graphic Texts with Print and Non-Print Media to Promote Multiliteracies and Meet Grade 5-12 LA and SS Standards

 

Join us for a Webinar on October 1

   

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
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Use Graphic Texts with Print and Non-Print Media to Promote Multiliteracies and Meet Grade 5-12 LA and SS Standards

Date:

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Time:

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM CDT

 

In the messages we encounter every day – conversations, media resources, textbooks, Internet – words and visual input are concisely interwoven to relay information, perspectives, and ideas.  Common Core Standards mandate that we teach our students how to critically evaluate fiction and non-fiction books, reports, and photo essays, which will serve them well in our world of typically subjective online and informal news tweets and YouTube clips. This webinar will illustrate how graphic novels, news reports and non-fiction books can be integrated in middle school classrooms to teach visual and verbal literacies and social studies while addressing Common Core Standards of using multiple literacy sources and multi-media tools.

Dr. Meryl Jaffe is an instructor for Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth Online Division, a teacher mentor, and an educational consultant. She writes teacher guides for prose and graphic texts, speaks at national and international conferences, and facilitates teacher workshops on the inclusion of graphic novels in classrooms. She is the author of Using Content-Area Graphic Texts for Learning: A Guide for Middle-Level Educators.

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How do colors affect purchases? Infographic

How do colors affect purchases? Infographic | Graphic Novels in Classrooms: Promoting Visual and Verbal LIteracy | Scoop.it
For retailers, shopping is the art of persuasion. Though there are many factors that influence how and what consumers buy.
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Another intersting infographic on color and how it influences our decisions.

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Departing the Text: Infographics and their Impact on Education

Departing the Text: Infographics and their Impact on Education | Graphic Novels in Classrooms: Promoting Visual and Verbal LIteracy | Scoop.it

Classrooms today are encouraged to use verbal, visual, and digital text when relaying content information. The rationale behind this integration is that the verbal, visual, and digital reinforce each other, help create additional memory associations, and will help involve and reach all kinds of learners.

Most classes incorporate various forms of multi-media (because so much is now available over the internet and because research has shown that mulit-media, like infographics helps make learning accessible to all kinds of learners)Today, these charts, diagrams, word clouds, graphs, tables, webs, timelines and maps are being morphed into "INFOGRAPHICS"And, not only are teachers and publishers creating these visual story-telling, fact-finding masterpieces, students are creating them as well.

The power of education's integrating and promoting visual literacy and integrated texts is that information is now accessible to all kinds of readers and learners.

 

HOW CAN YOU MAKE INFOGRAPHICS? Read on...

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