I remember reading books that had long descriptions. Some writers do love to describe. JRR Tolkien, for instance, is one of those fantasy gurus who created a world that is beyond our . . . no, not imagination—the conceptions of the elves, ogres, goblins, etc. had already existed inside our small vocabulary boxes before Tolkien's words pierced through our thought bubbles and gave birth to an Orc and a world beyond our, yes, expectation.
“Innovation can be expensive so it is helpful when you know that what you are doing is driven by demand, that people are potentially interested in it. We didn’t develop this for the sake of having something new, but as a way to add more value that people wanted to what we were already doing.”
The Classical Comics versions are great. If you want to try before you buy, go to their website, where various Acts from a number of plays can be downloaded.
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.
Gene Yang helps address the current call for students to be taught coding.
"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."
Fabulous resources from teachers at Melbourne High School.
"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."
Intriguing plots, fascinating characters and a visual flair for storytelling - that describes at least two popular media. Join WatchMojo as we count down our picks for the top 10 graphic novel movie adaptations.
"Graphic novels have become an essential component of library collections for both children and teenagers, and they have enormous potential for classroom use. This page compiles graphic novel information and resources to help you learn more about this genre of publishing for youth."
Reminding us that the holiday-shopping season is closer than we think, the editors of Amazon.com have announced their Best Books of 2014, which naturally includes comics and graphic novels. Roz Chast’s graphic memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, a National Book Award finalist and winner of the inaugural Kirkus Prize for nonfiction, we …
Karen Gray a primary school teacher librarian looks at how graphic novels can be used across the curriculum and how the TL must advocate their value via sound professional knowledge of literacy and literature.
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).
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.
"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."
"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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