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  • I’ve been a librarian for 9 1/2 years I started working in the Brooklyn Public Library in 1998 where I was first introduced to graphic novels I started in the DOE (at Marine Park) in March of 2002. My graphic novel collection was started in January of 2003. It was officially made a CCD collection in 2004-05 School Year. In 2005 I joined YALSA’s Great Graphic Novel Reads committee. It’s second list will be released in January 2008.

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  • 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.
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  • 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
  • For More Information
    • Go to my wiki:
    • http://gnworkshop.wikispaces.com/
    • E-mail me at:
    • [email_address]