We use words all the time, often overlooking their their power, their immediate and long term affects, and their significance. Ironically, while we don't always think of graphic novels as a resource for words and language, or a means of relaying the power of words, they actually are.
I can't begin to tell you how many second language learners or how many weak language learners have turned to graphic novels as a means of learning and grasping the nuances of language. And in hindsight (at least mine) it makes a lot of sense. Here's why: Graphic novels tell their stories through the interaction of image, text, graphic and page design and use of fonts. With limited use of text, word choice must be succinct, and crystal clear. Having students focus on word choices found in their favorite graphic novels and having them carefully write their own can be powerful language learning tools. Furthermore, for the weak and second language learners, the pairing of text and image make it easier to understand and remember and incorporate stronger vocabulary, spelling and rules of grammar. Read more for teaching lessons, reading suggestions and an awesome graphic text of a Maya Angelou poem.
This post includes a description of HOW kids deal with loss or trauma, what some SYMPTOMS are when it becomes stressful, and HOW parents and teachers can help their children deal with loss. Additional resource links and prose and graphic novel reading suggestions are also included..
Inspired by an outstanding production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream this past weekend (University of Chicago's Dean's Men Production), I thought I'd take post an interesting collection of facts, quotes and infographics related to Shakespeare and his works.
In this post, we take a closer look at King by Ho Che Anderson (Fantagraphics, 1993; reprint edition 2010). This highly acclaimed award-winning biography integrates interviews, narrative, sketches, illustrations, photographs and collages as it pieces together an honest look at the life, times, tragedies, and triumphs of Martin Luther King Jr. For King, Anderson won the Harvey Awards for Best New Talent (1991); Best Graphic Album (1993); and Parents’ Choice Award (1995).
King was originally published in three volumes (1993-2002), went out of print in 2006, and was republished in a special edition in 2010. While very briefly introducing his father’s influence upon him, King focuses most of its attention on King’s adult path and his role in the civil rights movement... Aside from King’s own personal life, we also learn of his relationship with his colleagues and communities and with politicians such as the Kennedys and Lyndon B. Johnson. We learn not only about what he did, but how he navigated through politics and social change.
Please visit this post at cbldf.org for more details on the book, for lesson and discussion suggestions, and for awesome additional resources on King and the Civil Rights Movement.
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, and because this award-winning graphic novel is an excellent book to read, learn, and discuss for Black History Month.
March: Book One begins the trilogy of Representative John Lewis’s graphic novel memoire, co-written with his aide Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell. It is a critically acclaimed best-seller that received the 2013 Coretta Scott King Honor Book Award by the American Library Association and has been named one of the best books of 2013 by USA Today, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, The Horn Book, ComicsAlliance, and others."
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College programs in prison have become extremely rare, but one alum's story shows how incarceration can truly be reformative.
Meryl Jaffe, PhD's insight:
Successful program that works because 1. It is rigorous and selective- requiring levels of reading and writing proficiency in its students; 2. It builds relationships and community; and 3. Its liberal arts program teaches offenders math, philosophy, social sciences and opens the world up to them in ways they'd never seen.
Shouldn't we require these skills and expectations of our kids and students, too?
With expanding use of social and digital media outlets, programs, and options, we need to better understand how the composition and designs of our posts, emails, websites, and means of communication are used and integrated by our audience as they construct and interpret our messages. This is what visual literacy is all about.
I've already pointed out how Color Casts Powerful Messages and how vital The Power of Words is. I've also previously detailed how to teach and play with visual literacy skills Visual Literacy Fun and Games Boosting Critical Thinking and Attention.
In this post, I want to address the impact FONTS have on our perception, integration, and interpretation of messages.
Until recently, comics were confiscated, banned and frowned upon in schools. With advances in computer technology and graphics, a surge of outstanding works, and from a push from librarians and teachers, they are now being integrated in school and home libraries and classrooms.
Below is a closer look at the course comics and graphic novels have taken in and out of the classrooms But, before we look at the course of comics, here are some resources explaining why graphic novels fit in most classrooms, along with suggested reading lists and teaching suggestions: