A blogpost from Edutopia´s Todd Finley. Deals with visual literacy as a 21st century skill that our students must be able to "demonstrate the ability to interpret, recognize, appreciate and understand information presented through visable actions, objects and symbols, natural or man-made". The article also provides a list of visual genres and strategies on how to teach visual thinking routines. The link even provides a lesson plan ready for classroom use! Yey!
What strategies should we use when choosing what graphic novel to introduce for our students? How can the novel be purposeful? This article provides some answers and ideas! I also notices a link to the graphic novel "Maus" which I must get around to reading some time soon!
Interesting findings that literature not only reflects the correlation between economic moods in the society and the moods found in literature, but that there actually is a roughly 10 year period delay. Perhaps this article can be used as a starting point for a discussion in my next novel project? Can these finding really apply to all literary works?
We are highlighting American literature specifically because February is African History Month in America and Canada, and because the Harlem Renaissance was centered mainly in New York. But obviously works focusing ...
How great to come across sources like this one! Perhaps some of my students would prefer to read e-books instead of paper versions? This site provides a list of 8 great sources where we could locate books together :)
Drawing from personal experience, graduate student Michael Strom demonstrates the tremendous teaching power of comic books and graphic novels, and how we can use these as literary tools to reach our struggling students.
Coming across the reluctant reader in the classroom in not uncommon. This is a link to a excerpt from a graduate thesis about using graphic novels and comics to teach struggling male readers. I tried teaching graphic novels in my own classroom this spring, and even though I thought it went quite well, I still have to become a bit more acquainted and comfortable with the genre. I will most definitely give it another try this year!
I find inspiration to do so in Michael Storm´s point that "we need to teach young boys that literacy still is the ultimate adventure, and they too have the chance to be the hero".
A Scoop.it account with lots of collected resources and ideas about how to teach the graphic novels in the classroom. Saving this for my next attempt to teach this creative, interesting and challenging genre!