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graphic novel

Why Teach with Comics?

By: Jennifer Haines Originally published on Diamond Bookshelf As school boards across North America are becoming more open to varied strategies to improve student literacy, there has been an increase in the use of graphic novels in the classroom. However, there is still a strong stigma attached to the idea of using comics as a teaching tool. Anyone who has tried to convince a non-comic reader of the benefits of comics has heard the same things: the reading level is too low, the subject matter is frivolous, comics are too violent. While these complaints may ring true for some books […] Read More

The Graphic Novel – 16 Week Class

The Graphic Novel ENG 411J – CRN 34984 Spring Semester, 2008 Instructor: Rebecca Gorman Classroom: King Center 314

Comic Book Superheroes

Developing a Syllabus for a Course on Comic Book Superheroes By Elaine M. Deering Instructor of English, Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida For years, I bought our family a stylish coffee table book on Superman or Spiderman or other comic book superhero each year at Christmas time. As I paid for my purchase, I would produce my faculty ID and ask if I could get a teacher’s discount. The cashier would invariably reply that the book would have to be related to a course I was teaching, to which I would confide my desire to develop a literature course on comic book […] Read More

Serious Business About Comics

Written by A. David Lewis In 2006, comic book creator and educator A. David Lewis (THE LONE AND LEVEL SANDS) was asked by Fuller Middle School in Framingham, MA to come speak on the graphic novel to a section of their 6th grade (ages 11-12). This fit into the MA educational curriculum framework (their state guidelines) as the exploration of an alternate literary genre as well as the integration of art with text. Having already taken that Spring’s MCAS exam, this interactive discussion on comics and graphic novels was a welcome respite to the students; in advance of the presentation, […] Read More