Graphic Novels: Nonfiction & Curriculum Connections Esther Keller [email_address] October 12, 2007 Queens College
Graphic Novel Basics
Graphic Novels are a longer version of the comic book that tells a full story. I.E. Maus, Persopolis, American Born Chinese
Manga – The Japanese word for comic book. In the U.S. we use it for Japanese style graphic novels or comics. Manga is often based on anime. Naruto.
Trade – An edition that collects and reprints series. Such as Ultimate Spider Man, X-Men, Batman, Etc.
Digest – A collected edition that is reprinted at smaller scale. For instance the Runaways and other Marvel Age titles.
Nonfiction Graphic Novels
Nonfiction titles told in the graphic novel format are becoming more and more popular.
The most famous example is the Pulitzer prize winning Maus: A survivor’s tale by Art Spiegelman which is a story of the holocaust
or Persopolis by Marjane Satrapi a story about growing up in Iran after the revolution.
While traditional “western” style graphic novels will stay ever popular with teens as will the growing craze of manga, nonfiction graphic novels can make difficult topics more accessible to young readers.
More and more requests are Being made to connect Curriculum needs With graphic nonfiction
Bringing GNs into the classroom
Related reading material in language arts classrooms
Ex. Flight V. 3 short story connects with “The Giver.”
To build on journaling exercises
Journey into Mohawk Country or Girl Stories
Using it in Social Studies or History
Maus I & II , Fax From Sarajevo & more
Using GNs in Science Classrooms
Clan Apis , Science of Superheroes
The rest of the slides will show examples of great nonfiction graphic novels. Can you think of the curriculum connections?
Laika by Nick Abadzis Classroom Connection: Space Age Cold War Animal Rights
Graphic Biographies Classroom Connection: Civil Rights Biographies Presidents Malcolm X
The 9/11 Report Classroom Connection: 9/11 Social Studies
The Wall by Peter Sis Classroom Connection: Communism Journaling Biography
Myths & Legends Classroom Connection: Mythology Language Arts Making Classics more accessible
A Treasury of Victorian Murders Classroom Connection: History & Social Studies Compare to Current Events