Engaging Students
with Graphic Novels

Dr. Deborah Healey
American English Institute/Linguistics
University of Oregon
Who’s here?
Introduce yourself to 2 or 3 people around you
• Student age/level/type
• Number of students in your class
• H...
What’s another term (or two) for
graphic novel?
What’s in a name?
• Graphic novel
• Comic book
• Manga
Related concepts
• Comic strip
• Sequential art
Now to teaching…
• Why bother?

Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/12917962@N00/2817161488
Age-appropriate
Popular

51,482
paperbacks
Conversational
language
• Too bad we
didn’t catch
Rachel.
• Sounds like a
plan.
• Let’s keep our
eye out for
neckties.
Often not a lot
of text
Visually rich
So what can I do with it?
Reading
– Intensive and extensive
– Pre-reading (activate schema)
– During reading (form or flue...
Writing
– Describe the
background and the
characters in detail
– Write the story in
paragraphs
– Add the motivation of
the...
Speaking/Listening
• Role-play
– Add intonation and expression
– Audience: Has the content changed?
– Are the characters “...
Discussion
• Surface level
– Enjoyment, story ideas

• Critical thinking
– What was surprising?
– What more do you “see”?
...
Why is the picture
slanted?
Why is the top
picture so small?
Non-linear text
Tweaking the text
–
–
–
–

Bubbles without text
Text without bubbles
Selective deletion
Strips to reassemble
Creating…
– Add your own text to images
– Add your own images to text
– Create a local version of the
story
– Personalize ...
What can YOU do with graphic novels?
• Work in groups of 3-4
• When and how would you use a
graphic novel with YOUR studen...
2-minute freewrite
What was the most useful information I got
from this session?

Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/4664...
Thanks!
Deborah Healey
dhealey@uoregon.edu
https://sites.google.com/site/eltwithgraphicnovels/
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  1. 1. Engaging Students with Graphic Novels Dr. Deborah Healey American English Institute/Linguistics University of Oregon
  2. 2. Who’s here? Introduce yourself to 2 or 3 people around you • Student age/level/type • Number of students in your class • How motivated are your students?
  3. 3. What’s another term (or two) for graphic novel?
  4. 4. What’s in a name? • Graphic novel • Comic book • Manga Related concepts • Comic strip • Sequential art
  5. 5. Now to teaching… • Why bother? Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/12917962@N00/2817161488
  6. 6. Age-appropriate Popular 51,482 paperbacks
  7. 7. Conversational language • Too bad we didn’t catch Rachel. • Sounds like a plan. • Let’s keep our eye out for neckties.
  8. 8. Often not a lot of text
  9. 9. Visually rich
  10. 10. So what can I do with it? Reading – Intensive and extensive – Pre-reading (activate schema) – During reading (form or fluency) – Post-reading (remembering, analyzing, evaluating) – Colloquial vocabulary and grammar – Colloquial spelling – Onomatopoeia
  11. 11. Writing – Describe the background and the characters in detail – Write the story in paragraphs – Add the motivation of the characters
  12. 12. Speaking/Listening • Role-play – Add intonation and expression – Audience: Has the content changed? – Are the characters “right”? • Pronunciation practice – Wanna, gonna, other conversational forms – Fluency rather than form
  13. 13. Discussion • Surface level – Enjoyment, story ideas • Critical thinking – What was surprising? – What more do you “see”? – How is it different from reading text? – What happens with the order?
  14. 14. Why is the picture slanted? Why is the top picture so small?
  15. 15. Non-linear text
  16. 16. Tweaking the text – – – – Bubbles without text Text without bubbles Selective deletion Strips to reassemble
  17. 17. Creating… – Add your own text to images – Add your own images to text – Create a local version of the story – Personalize the story – Build a story from scratch Template: http://donnayoung.org/f13/artf/comic/2013-2-3-3-t.pdf
  18. 18. What can YOU do with graphic novels? • Work in groups of 3-4 • When and how would you use a graphic novel with YOUR students? • What pre-, during- and post-activities? • 10 minutes, then share with another group – choose the best idea to share
  19. 19. 2-minute freewrite What was the most useful information I got from this session? Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/46646401@N06/7205089854
  20. 20. Thanks! Deborah Healey dhealey@uoregon.edu https://sites.google.com/site/eltwithgraphicnovels/

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