"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.
An illustrated interview from inside Australia’s immigration detention system
"This is a first-hand account of life inside an Australian immigration detention facility, told from the perspective of a former employee of Serco, the ubiquitous multinational service provider that runs the nation’s onshore centres. Realised in a comic-book style and drawn from exclusive interviews and diary entries from the ex-employee, A Guard’s Story offers rare insight into how Australia’s outsourced detention facilities are run."
An amazingly powerful and disturbing webcomic.This and the previous post would form an interesting basis for a discussion of how different text-types are employed by the media.
"Along with the exceptional storytelling that makes Zeus a fantastic read for anyone, O'Connor includes a family tree, bibliography, and suggested reading. G(r)eek Notes includes panel-by-panel commentary while profiles of key characters give further information. There are also discussion questions suitable for younger readers to spur interest and connection between ancient myth and modern thought. With a combination of an amazing story and an in depth study of mythology, Zeus is a must-read for all."
“In every good hero is an ever better villain,” Joseph Michael Sommers said to an audience of comic lovers Tuesday night. Sommers explained that heroes and villains in graphic novels can sometimes be interrelated.
Soem interesting discussion points for the many students who study heroes and villains in literature.
This week, two very different Australian comics about asylum seekers have received widespread attention. The first is At work inside our detention centres: A guard’s story by Melbourne comics artist Sam…
A closer look at the course comics and graphic novels have taken in and out of the classroom. Also, some resources explaining why graphic novels fit in most classrooms, along with suggested reading lists and teaching suggestions.
THE TRIAL BALLOON: In banner year for graphic novels, teachers should heed these titles for class.
Cavna's opening story is very similar to the one that inspired my doctorate on the experiences of teachers with graphic novels (still a work in progress). It's a great article and certainly "walks the talk" about the power of images (and or text). Just love those drawings! Check out the blog comments (all 120 of them) for an interesting discussion and for some great links to other graphic novel resources.
Next year, students in Victoria will be able to study a graphic novel, The Complete Maus, as part of the English curriculum.
Well done Victoria! The irony is that we have a National Curriculum about to be introduced, yet individual states continue to do their own thing. It's a pity that all Australian students don't get a chance to study a graphic novel as a core text, rather than as a supplementary one.
"But what about the idea that graphic novels encompass such a wide range of themes and create such layered experiences through word and art that they actually belong in classrooms? Because contemporary students have a much wider visual vocabulary than we did growing up, I contend that the format offers great opportunities to teach as well as to entertain."