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Graphic novels: Resources for teachers

Graphic novels: Resources for teachers | Graphic novels in the classroom | Scoop.it

This is my website with links to some of my research and articles. You'll also find other pdf resources. I now use this scoop.it to curate web-based resources.

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Christine Lucas's curator insight, April 1, 2013 4:18 PM

such a great resource. Graphic novels are quite foreign to me and websites like this make incorporating them into classwork less daunting. 

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A Graphic Novel That’s Like Harry Potter, But With Computers Instead of Wands | Underwire | WIRED

A Graphic Novel That’s Like Harry Potter, But With Computers Instead of Wands | Underwire | WIRED | Graphic novels in the classroom | Scoop.it
The premise Secret Coders may sound familiar to fans of young adult literature: Two students discover a mysterious school hidden just beyond the limits of their humdrum lives, and are ushered into a world of secret knowledge and power that they never imagined possible. However, unlike Harry Potter's Hogwarts, the school in this graphic novel teaches a form of magic that readers can learn right alongside the fictional students. That's because they're not learning how to levitate objects or charm mythical beasts—they're learning how to code.
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Gene Yang helps address the current call for students to be taught coding.

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Getting Graphic: Introducing Graphic Novels to the Classroom - Resources and Inspiration

Getting Graphic: Introducing Graphic Novels to the Classroom - Resources and Inspiration | Graphic novels in the classroom | Scoop.it
It is undeniable that we live in a new media age. In this age, literacy requires students to be able to make meaning from information in a wide variety of formats, one of the most prevalent being v...
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An excellent blog post from Kay Odonne. Good range of graphic novel resources.

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Getting Graphic: Introducing Graphic Novels to the Classroom - Resources and Inspiration

Getting Graphic: Introducing Graphic Novels to the Classroom - Resources and Inspiration | Graphic novels in the classroom | Scoop.it
It is undeniable that we live in a new media age. In this age, literacy requires students to be able to make meaning from information in a wide variety of formats, one of the most prevalent being v...
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Excellent article by Kay Oddone considering the potential of graphic novels as texts in the Australian Curriculum. Comprehensive list of resources for teachers.

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Yet Another Reason to Love Gene Luen Yang

Yet Another Reason to Love Gene Luen Yang | Graphic novels in the classroom | Scoop.it

"In general, what attracts me to artists is a sense of fun, commitment, and flexibility. There is a change over time that you see when artists express their own growth and learning through their performances. Gene Luen Yang is a graphic novelist that is in the same category."

 
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Comics, Graphic Novels Market Hit $870 Million in 2013

Comics, Graphic Novels Market Hit $870 Million in 2013 | Graphic novels in the classroom | Scoop.it
Led by book format comics with $415 million in sales, the North American comics and graphic novel marketplace generated $870 million in sales in 2013, according to a new estimate by ICV2 and Comichron.
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 "The $870 million estimate is the comics category’s highest dollar value since 1993. He also said that all comics format—digital, periodical and graphic novels—are growing. “When all the formats show steady growth, then there’s no pirating between each of the formats. We’re serving three different kinds of customers.”

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Banned Books Week 2014 Celebrates Graphic Novels | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Banned Books Week 2014 Celebrates Graphic Novels | Comic Book Legal Defense Fund | Graphic novels in the classroom | Scoop.it

“This year we spotlight graphic novels because, despite their serious literary merit and popularity as a genre, they are often subject to censorship,” said Judith Platt, chair of the Banned Books Week National Committee.

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Graphic novels in the classroom

In this module, you will look at: graphic novels; how they differ from conventional novels; how people read them; how they represent characters, settings and events; and how readers respond to them.

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An excellent site, sponsored by the West Australian Government. The module designed to assist teachers in the use of graphic novels is chock-a-block with examples and questions to generate critical thinking in students.

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The Graphic Classroom: THE BEST COMICS FOR YOUR CLASSROOM

The Graphic Classroom: THE BEST COMICS FOR YOUR CLASSROOM | Graphic novels in the classroom | Scoop.it

This is a comprehensive list of all the HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and RECOMMENDED comics that we have reviewed. It is categorized by grade level to help teachers and librarians pick the best comic literature for students.

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An excellent resource.

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Review: Pat Grant's 'Blue' · Meanjin · Literacy in Australia · Melbourne University Publishing · Classic English Literature Books · Australian Literary Journals & Magazines

Review: Pat Grant's 'Blue' · Meanjin · Literacy in Australia · Melbourne University Publishing · Classic English Literature Books · Australian Literary Journals & Magazines | Graphic novels in the classroom | Scoop.it

"Pat Grant’s Blue is a tale of the fictional Australia east coast industrial town Bolton and of the protagonist, Christian’s, experience growing up there."

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Useful analysis of 'Blue'.

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2014 Top Ten Graphic Novels for Teens | Bubblegum Post

2014 Top Ten Graphic Novels for Teens | Bubblegum Post | Graphic novels in the classroom | Scoop.it

"The books, recommended for those ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. The complete list with annotations can be found at http://www.ala.org/yalsa/great-graphic-novels."

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It's always good to have recommendations from YASLA. 

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Seymour Library: Graphic novels much more than comic books

Seymour Library: Graphic novels much more than comic books | Graphic novels in the classroom | Scoop.it

An assigned reading in a high school class recently caused a stir among my friends. The concern wasn’t so much about the content of the reading, but the format.

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Sad that we continue to have to defend the educational use of graphic novels. Did film have such a difficult entry into the classroom?

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Great Graphic Novels 2014 | Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

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Using Graphic Novels in the Classroom | Learner Log

Using Graphic Novels in the Classroom | Learner Log | Graphic novels in the classroom | Scoop.it

Yildirim (2013) writes, “The increasing popularity of graphic novels has transformed it into a powerful medium of expression. Once regarded as only a means of amusement lacking literary insight and merit, graphic novels have evolved into a respected and well-regarded genre of literature which deserves a permanent place in the literary world” (p. 122).

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Despite the increase in popularity of graphic novels, the literature and my own research suggest that teachers' lack of familiarity with the format is hindering the uptake of graphic novels as classroom texts.

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5 Reasons Your Students Should Be Reading Comic Books

5 Reasons Your Students Should Be Reading Comic Books | Graphic novels in the classroom | Scoop.it

"Comic books, or some refer to them as graphic novels, are an underrated resource for developing literacy.... I’ll give you five reasons why students should be reading comics to improve their reading skills."

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Maus Index

Maus Index | Graphic novels in the classroom | Scoop.it

"We chose a graphic novel for study to stimulate readers to explore new forms of literature. Graphic novels appeal both to adults and teenagers and use themes and subjects important to many. The choice of Maus was based on its critical acclaim, its artistic excellence, and its universal themes.

This website provides teachers and students with approaches to reading and studying the novel through a host of on-line resources."

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Fabulous resources from teachers at Melbourne High School.

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Graphic Novels 101 - Boston University

Graphic Novels 101 - Boston University | Graphic novels in the classroom | Scoop.it
SED lecturer helps teachers make sense of the genre
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Useful article with advice on how those unfamiliar with graphic novels might read them.

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Engaging Reading: ‘Graphic novels’ give teachers valuable tool to reach students | Our Schools

Engaging Reading: ‘Graphic novels’ give teachers valuable tool to reach students | Our Schools | Graphic novels in the classroom | Scoop.it

"Teachers can use the novels for traditional literacy, such as analyzing transitions, character development, dialogue and structure but students can also analyze the pictures, how people are portrayed, how the author uses the panels to convey time, transition and motion."

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Getting Graphic: Introducing Graphic Novels to the Classroom - Resources and Inspiration

Getting Graphic: Introducing Graphic Novels to the Classroom - Resources and Inspiration | Graphic novels in the classroom | Scoop.it
It is undeniable that we live in a new media age. In this age, literacy requires students to be able to make meaning from information in a wide variety of formats, one of the most prevalent being v...
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Fabulous post from Kay Oddone (@KayC28) on graphic novels and how they can be used in the Australian Curriculum (or any classroom). Chock-a-block with resources for both the novice and veteran user of graphic novels for the classroom.

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How to Use 3-Act Story Structure in Comic Strips

How to Use 3-Act Story Structure in Comic Strips | Graphic novels in the classroom | Scoop.it

"In just three to four comic panels, you can utilize three-act structure to tell a story. If there’s conflict and a character reacting to that conflict then you’ve got a story and that can easily fit within three or four comic panels."

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Try something like Pixton (free) or Comic Life (commercial) to use this framework to construct a simple comic strip. Thanks to @aliceleung on Twiiter for this resource.

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Literacy Today: Comics and graphic novels

Literacy Today: Comics and graphic novels | Graphic novels in the classroom | Scoop.it
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Some excellent resources and ideas from the Quebec ELA.

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Grant Morrison and Rian Hughes: The story behind 'The Key'

Grant Morrison and Rian Hughes: The story behind 'The Key' | Graphic novels in the classroom | Scoop.it

The Key, a comic strip written by Grant Morrison and drawn by Rian Hughes, was created for the BBC's Freedom 2014 season.

Set in a repressive future society, everything not forbidden is compulsory.Individuality is defined by a key, and the state - represented by armed soldiers and hovering drones - is intent on replacing each person's unique key with a standard grey one.

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Article provides link to the webcomic. This would be an excellent resource to use as a concept study and/or to consider some of the codes and conventions of comics. And it's free!!!

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Pat Grant on Blue

Pat Grant on Blue | Graphic novels in the classroom | Scoop.it

"This book project really started on December 5th 2005, when I accidentally went to Cronulla beach for a swim on the day of the race riot."

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Story Me - A Free iPad App for Creating Comics

Story Me - A Free iPad App for Creating Comics | Graphic novels in the classroom | Scoop.it

Story Me is a free iPad app for turning your pictures into comic strips. Story Me provides more than a dozen layout options to which you can add pictures from your iPad's camera roll."

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Comics can be saved to your camera roll, emailed, printed ot shared on social media.

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Graphic novels and new media literacies

Graphic novels and new media literacies | Graphic novels in the classroom | Scoop.it
I have a literacy corner in my classroom with a variety of interesting books. The most popular books by far are the graphic novels. They have folded pages and frayed edges- signs of good use! Child...
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Useful analysis of text/graphic novel versions that illustrate the power of image.

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Using Graphic Novels in Education: March: Book One

Using Graphic Novels in Education: March: Book One | Graphic novels in the classroom | 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.

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