“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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!!!
"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."