The Graphic Novel Classroom: POWerful Teaching and Learning With Images

The Graphic Novel Classroom: POWerful Teaching and Learning With Images

by Maureen M. Bakis
     
 

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A secret weapon for engaging adolescents

Could you use a superhero to teach reading, writing, critical thinking, and problem-solving? While seeking the answer, secondary language arts teacher Maureen Bakis discovered a powerful pedagogy that teaches those skills and more. The amazingly successful results prompted her to write this

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A secret weapon for engaging adolescents

Could you use a superhero to teach reading, writing, critical thinking, and problem-solving? While seeking the answer, secondary language arts teacher Maureen Bakis discovered a powerful pedagogy that teaches those skills and more. The amazingly successful results prompted her to write this practical guide that shows how to use graphic novels to:

  • Teach 21st-century skills, including interpretation of content and form
  • Promote authentic literacy learning
  • Grow learners’ competency in writing and visual comprehension
  • Motivate students to create in multiple formats, including images
  • Engage struggling as well as proficient students in reading

Editorial Reviews

Diamond Bookshelf
"High school English teacher and graphic novel advocate Maureen Bakis offers educators a guide for using comics as teaching tools, based on her own experience. She examines the compositional elements of comics using several volumes as examples and demonstrates how they can be used to teach different concepts and skills."
Douglas Fisher
"This book is very readable and makes a clear case for using graphic novels. More importantly, itprovides readers with examples that they can use in their classrooms. It’s very practical, yet challenging."
Rachel Hanson
"This book shows without a doubt how a graphic novel can foster deep thinking, vibrant discussion and multiple opportunities for writing with a purpose."
Rebecca Rupert

"There may be other books that promote the use of graphic novels, but none that are so specific or offer such concrete, user-friendly lessons. I really enjoyed reading this book—and now I want to read and teach some of these graphic novels."

Stergios Botzakis
"This book provides a great framework for structuring a graphic novel English language arts class. The practical rationales for using these texts, as well as the activities included, do meet the need for a book aimed at ELA in instruction with graphic novels."
Cindy A. Spoon

"Even if you don’t want to (or can’t) teach graphic novels, this book offersso many wonderful ideas adaptable to other texts about how to get students thinking about what they read."

Roswitha Henseler
'This informative teacher's guide demonstrates how McCloud's Understanding Comics can be utilized in class and offers tried-and-tested ideas for the classroom, taking select graphic novels as an example'
Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
Books written in graphic format are favorites of mine! They are perfect for students who are reluctant readers and never seem to finish a book on their own. It is also a wonderful way to introduce nonfiction books to young people. Young adults who want to read anything they can get their hands on will enjoy the graphics, exhilarating stories, and fast paced text. The full-color graphics make an enormous impact on the story. Bakis has created a wonderful guide describing how to use graphic novels in classrooms and how to include them into lesson plans and curricula. There is a wide variety of graphic novels which now include many of the classics. Students will be motivated to read them which in turn will stimulate class discussions, and that in turn should stimulate writing projects. This book is well planned, and includes many examples of guided information for the classroom. The author also includes additional resources where guidance is should there be a challenge for using graphic novels, as well as other readings for teaching graphic novels. This is a must have book for a school library and for any teacher who is on the fence about using graphic novels, as well as a great resource for those who already do. I highly recommend this book. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412936842
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
11/08/2011
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,416,048
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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