A 32-page comic specifically written for the 8-12 age group. "Each issue is packed with new and exciting story strips from top children’s writers and illustrators. All content is original. Our quality stories have the support of manyof Britain’s best-loved children’s writers, including Phillip Pullman, Michael Morpurgo and Jacqueline Wilson."
The free online issue could be used to introduce students to the codes and conventions of comics (amongst other things). A subscription will get you other issues for viewing on iPad.
Graphic novelist Jeff Smith and a panel of experts discuss whether or not graphic novels are good enough for the classroom.
When will people accept that graphic novels are not just for kids, not just for reluctant readers, not just stepping stones to "proper" literature, and are not "quick and easy?" Thank you Larry and Jeff.
"Kokoda: That Bloody Track is a factual graphic novel (or traditional comic) that tells the true story of the Kokoda battles in July and August 1942.... This campaign is placed within the wider context of the Second World War. Eyewitness accounts and original diaries are included to add a personal perspective.... The Japanese perspective is included through the use of soldiers' diaries. Where possible, Japanese and native languages (Motu and Pidjin) are included to provide a cultural balance. Translation boxes are included."
Useful for History, or might be considered for English as a text to address the requirements under the Aust Curriculum for texts with links to Asia.
Some good resources and activities linking to the Australian Curriculum: English. Would like to have seen more focus on graphic novels as sophisticated and complex texts. Would also challenge the claim that the first comic book was Superman in 1938. Other than that, thumbs up to the ABC for this new website.
"One of the most popular posts that I've published on Free Technology for Teachers is a list of ten free tools for creating comics online. I wrote that post three years ago. Since then some of the tools have gone offline or started charging users. So I think it's time to share a new list" Richard Byrne.
There are so many comics creator apps available these days. Do you have a favourite? If we're talking freebies, I'd go for Comic Master. For paid apps, I like Comic Life.
"A Place Lost in Time", is the first episode of the adventures of "The Zurvan Club", where a group of young people join their skills in order to solve a mystery written in an old Sumerian carving that will lead them to amazing discoveries about our past that could change our future. So, join Alex, Julia and friends in their quest for the origins of Humankind and their great adventures in the most exotic and unexpected places.
It's always good to come across free online resources. Thanks to the creators for making this accessible.
"Ever wanted to compose an interactive graphic story? Here is your opportunity. You will examine an interactive graphic novel and use a variety of resources and graphics to compose your own graphic novel" ( NSW Dept Education and Training, 2011).
Teaching nonfiction to students for the first time can be challenging. Here is a great teaching strategy that use guided instruction and comic books to help students begin their understanding of nonfiction literature.
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