I went to college with a girl who was all about using graphic novels in the classroom. She always did the best evidence-based presentations on this subject in our English education classes and finally convinced me to try them out. The first graphic novel I ever read was Maus, and I absolutely loved it. I immediately attempted to fit it into my curriculum, but due to lack of funding, it never happened. That was in 2009 ish. Ask me how many other times I tried to incorporate graphic novels after that first lame attempt? Zero……………until this year. You see, I finally found one that I could afford a class set of— which is to say that it was FREE 🙂
How amazing is that!?
Here are some other low cost ways to use graphic novels in the classroom:
* Buy one copy of a graphic novel and use it for…..
Review-Show certain scenes and have students review what that scene represents.
Literature Centers- For example, one center can be dissecting important quotes from the original story, another finding literary devices, and another interpreting how a graphic artist fit certain paragraphs into a single drawing with little to no words.
Imagery examples– Sometimes you just want students to SEE something.
Mood Mini Lessons –Art is the best way to teach mood!
Summarizing practice – Read one section of text and show how the graphic novel author summarized it, then have students practice doing the same.
* Consider doing an end-of-the-year book circle with graphic novels only. Finding (or ordering) limited copies of graphic novels in your school library is easier than buying an entire class set.
I hope that this list inspires you to add a few graphic novel lessons in your classroom. For a great list of classics turn graphic novels, check out this list: Comic and Graphic Novel Adaptations
xoxo, Mrs. B
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