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Presented at the 21st Century Children's Nonfiction Conference June 20-22, 2014 at SUNY New Paltz. All presentations from the 21st Century Nonfiction Conference on SlideShare:......

Presented at the 21st Century Children's Nonfiction Conference June 20-22, 2014 at SUNY New Paltz. All presentations from the 21st Century Nonfiction Conference on SlideShare: http://www.slideshare.net/aedwright/presentations.

Presentations on:
* new trends and opportunities in nonfiction for children
* common core in school and public libraries
* nonfiction comics for kids
* making it to the shelf: getting your nonfiction noticed
* primary sources for kids

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  • Other goals:
    focus on primary source content
    ‘stretch reading’
    firsthand accounts
    compare/contrast evidence
    multiple perspectives
    multiple formats






  • One medical professor even uses comics as tool to better help his students understand patients and diagnosis.










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  • 1. Nonfiction Comics in the Library & in the Classroom Amie Wright New York Public Library amiewright@bookops.org 21st Century Nonfiction Conference June 20-22, 2014
  • 2. What is Common Core? New education State Standards currently adopted by 43 States 3 instructional shifts… 1. Building Knowledge through content-rich nonfiction and informational texts 2. Reading and writing grounded in evidence from text 3. Regular practice with complex text and academic vocabulary Common Core’s goal is better readers, more equipped for college/career readiness
  • 3. Why Common Core? ○ Students graduating Grade 12 without critical college/career readiness skills ○ Students moving between states – disparity of educational standards between states ○ Global Economy
  • 4. What does this have to do w/ comics? The Common Core State Standards call for students to learn topics in greater depth, exploring topics from multiple angles -- including using multiple formats and range of texts…such as comics and graphic novels.
  • 5. Comics make better readers Many studies have shown that students can develop greater concept understanding when given texts with graphics versus text-only books. ○ University of Oklahoma study ○ CBE Life Sciences Education …Need more reasons? One medical professor even uses comics as tool to better help his students understand patients and diagnosis.
  • 6. Comics - Graphic Adaptations
  • 7. Comics - History & Memoir
  • 8. Comics - Learning Tools for STEM …want more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Technology comic suggestions? Check out STEM Comics: Saving Students One Thought Bubble at a Time.
  • 9. Comics and Graphic Novels build... Visual Literacy (sequential art, reading pictures) Cultural Literacy (comics are international!) Foster Creative Expression (STEM to STEAM) Develop Vital Informational Skills (diagrams, relationships) Emotional Intelligence & Understanding (graphics can show POV in ways text only publications often miss)
  • 10. Comics and Graphic Novels build... Emotional Intelligence & Understanding Helen Keller before having the means to communicate..... ..…and after. Her POV has color, differentiation, and a sense of self and identity – it is not so isolated or alone. ….why is understanding POV important (besides altruistic reasons)? Remember the story about the medical professor and the very pragmatic reasons for understanding POV…and, it is in the Common Core State Standards for craft and structure such as CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.6
  • 11. Questions? Amie Wright / amiewright@bookops.org All presentations from the 21st Century Nonfiction Conference on SlideShare: http://www.slideshare.net/aedwright/presentations Learn More: Comics and the Common Core: Full presentation from NYC Comic Con; includes further Common Core resources, research links, Common Core standards, and added scenarios for those ‘comic reluctant’ teachers, librarians, and parents Comics for Teaching STEM: Saving Students One Thought Bubble at a Time