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How To Use Graphic Novels To Reach Reluctant


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How To Use Graphic Novels To Reach Reluctant

  1. 1. How to Use Graphic Novels to Reach Reluctant Readers By: Adah Hirschfeld & Esther Lewenstein Queens College Librarian Professional Development Day November 17, 2005
  2. 2. The Vocabulary of Graphic Novels <ul><li>Graphic Novel – A longer version of the comic book that tells a full story. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Trade – An edition that collects and reprints series. </li></ul><ul><li>Digest – A collected edition that is reprinted at smaller scale. </li></ul>
  3. 3. How to Read a Graphic Novel <ul><li>Panel – This is the basic unit that tells the story in a graphic novel. It’s usually a square or rectangle. </li></ul><ul><li>Word Balloon – The text-filled bubble that contains the story’s dialogue. </li></ul><ul><li>Captions – Text-filled boxes that narrate a comic’s story. </li></ul><ul><li>Splash Page – A page where the artwork takes up the whole page, and it is not broken up into panels. </li></ul><ul><li>Manga usually reads from right to left top to bottom </li></ul>
  4. 5. Who are Reluctant Readers? <ul><li>Students who have the skills to read, but don’t want to read or who don’t think reading is important. </li></ul><ul><li>Students who have difficulty decoding text or comprehending stories. They may be unable to visualize with their minds. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Why Do Graphic Novels Reach Reluctant Readers? <ul><li>“ They don’t look as intimidating as textbooks. </li></ul><ul><li>High interest, short text passages, visual clues. </li></ul><ul><li>Short text, lots of pictures, a book they can actually understand and finish! Fast action, little description – mostly conversation (Lyga, P. 82) </li></ul><ul><li>Lyga, Allyson A.W., Lyga, Barry. Graphic Novels in your Media Center: A Definitive Guide . Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2004. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Bridging Graphic Novels to the ‘Regular’ Novel <ul><li>Use ordinary reader’s advisory techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Novelization of superhero books and movies, such as the books by Michael Teitelbaum or Mary Jane by O’Brien or Manga Novels. </li></ul><ul><li>Crossover formats, such as Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series. </li></ul><ul><li>But…. Some feel that GN are a genre of itself and just like you wouldn’t force a reader to read another genre, so too you should not force GN readers to choose ‘regular’ books . </li></ul>
  7. 8. 7 Habits of an Effective Reader <ul><li>Visualizes </li></ul><ul><li>Asks Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Makes Inferences </li></ul><ul><li>Retells and summarizes </li></ul><ul><li>Monitors for Meaning </li></ul><ul><li>Activates Prior Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Determines Importance </li></ul>
  8. 9. Convincing Teachers That Graphic Novels are Okay <ul><li>Read an excerpt from the graphic novel we have provided. </li></ul><ul><li>See if you can apply any or all of the seven habits of an effective reader to the selection you’re reading. </li></ul><ul><li>There’s your answer </li></ul>