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Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
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Some tips, tricks, and warnings about using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the secondary classroom, featuring "American Born Chinese" by Gene Luen Yang.

Some tips, tricks, and warnings about using Cartoons, Comic Books and Graphic Novels in the secondary classroom, featuring "American Born Chinese" by Gene Luen Yang.

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  • 1. Using Cartoons, Comics, and Graphic Novels in the Classroom Quinn Rollins 2013
  • 2. About Me…  I was raised in the 70’s and 80’s on a steady diet of cartoons
  • 3. Comic Strips  The only part of the paper that mattered was the comics page
  • 4. My Career   In my “previous life,” I was a cartoonist for the University of Utah I was also a toy designer for Palisades Toys
  • 5. Impact on Teaching In my social studies teaching, I often use political cartoons, comic strips, comic book characters, and graphic novels.
  • 6. Political Cartoons    Published in newspapers or online About current events Useful for class discussions
  • 7. Comic Strips    Serialized or stand-alone Published in newspapers or online Useful for cause & effect, character analysis
  • 8. Comic Books  Serialized or stand-alone  Superheroes  Independent  Good for key ideas, character mapping
  • 9. Graphic Novels  Self-contained books  Developed characters  Varied settings  Often address a social issue
  • 10. Why use Graphic Novels?   Can help promote complex reading skills Can play a role similar to children’s literature
  • 11. Why use Graphic Novels?    Point of reference to bridge what students already know with what they have yet to learn Making inferences from pictures + text Transfer this skill to lessen the challenge of a new book
  • 12. Why use Graphic Novels?  Use as another kind of pop culture • Can address curriculum standards • Motivate students to learn • Enhance learning • Provide additional opportunities for those who struggle with literacy tasks
  • 13. What makes it a Graphic Novel?  Structure • Beginning, middle, end • Climax  Character • Main character develops through conflicts  Artwork • Text is both written and visual • Each picture aids in interpretation of the text
  • 14. Graphic Novel as a Tool “For students who lack the ability to visualize as they read, it provides a graphic sense that approximates what good readers do as they read.” “ …it provides an excellent way for reluctant writers to communicate a story that has a beginning, middle and end.” “…easy for the students to look at a short comic strip and identify story elements.” -- Rachael Sawyer Perkins
  • 15. Graphic Novels as a Tool “The brain…is a meaning-maker, constantly searching for patterns, connecting bits of new information to old, fashioning wholes from parts and parts from wholes. It’s also shamelessly self-centered. The brain makes sense of the world in terms of personal learner needs.” -- Stephen Cary
  • 16. Other ways to use Graphic Novels Use wordless graphic novels to teach dialogue, characterization, voice and other literary functions
  • 17. Other ways to use Graphic Novels  Emphasize critical literacy – analyze, read, and understand the motive of the author and accuracy of the reading
  • 18. Other ways to use Graphic Novels Students are more capable of understanding complex issues than they’re capable of accessing traditional texts. Graphic novels can reduce cognitive load, while still portraying sophisticated concepts.
  • 19. Using Graphic Novels They give the teacher an opportunity to bring youth culture into the classroom. We care about their interests - They contribute something of value - Students see us as fellow learners (their ability to read these texts usually exceeds that of the teacher) -
  • 20. Things to watch out for… Adaptations They should be used as supplements, not replacements for the original text.
  • 21. Things to watch out for…  Superheroes • Most superhero graphic novels assume the reader has encyclopedic knowledge • Are more implausible than “real world” graphic novels • Characters might be well-known through movies or other media
  • 22. Things to watch out for… The same tools you use for analyzing other literature can (and should) be used for graphic novels - Graphic Organizers - Character Maps - Sequencing - Webs - Compare/Contrast
  • 23. Things to watch out for…  Content • • • • Language Violence Sex Alignment to curriculum
  • 24. A Few More Recommendations:
  • 25. American Born Chinese Structure Setting Characters Plot Theme Artwork
  • 26. American Born Chinese How does the structure of American Born Chinese impact the reader? How would the structure influence how you might teach the novel?
  • 27. American Born Chinese Characters: Monkey King Jin Wang Danny Chin-Kee
  • 28. American Born Chinese Conflict: Monkey King / Gods Jin Wang / Wei-Chen Danny / Chin-Kee
  • 29. American Born Chinese Themes: Prejudice Racism Acceptance Immigration Self-Knowledge Assimilation
  • 30. American Born Chinese How does the artwork underscore the message of the text? How would a different style of artwork change the book?
  • 31. Conclusions Graphic Novels and Comics are seeing a surge in popularity among young readers, and can be a powerful tool with students Gaining academic acceptance is an uphill battle with parents and some administrators Don’t sacrifice rigor because “it’s only a comic book”
  • 32. And yes, I still like “SuperFriends.”

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