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Lead a Comics Workshop, Even if You Can’t Draw!

Comic Books – A Pathway to Learning By: Jerzy Drozd This resource is designed to help budget-conscious librarians and educators lead comics workshops without the aid of a cartoonist, but it can also be used as a starting point for cartoonists who are interested in doing more teaching. It is primarily geared for teaching grades 3-5, though many of the lesson plans contain modification ideas for higher and lower grade levels. It’s also designed as something that can be used to supplement an art curriculum as well as support for core curriculum subjects like reading, science, and math. One of the […] Read More

Welcome to Understanding Literature Through Graphic Novels

Syllabus for Graphic Novel Elective Written and taught by Leigh Brodsky Course Introduction: First I want to take this opportunity to welcome you to, what I hope, will be an interesting and dynamic class. I designed this course with two main goals in mind. The first goal that we will focus on is how to read a text that not only contains text, but images as well. While these texts may not look like the traditional books that you have studied in school they contain similar uses of symbol identification, and character analysis. Using these images you will be asked […] Read More

Designing a Program – Toronto Uses Graphic Novels

By: Jennifer Haines Here are some examples of graphic novels being used at schools located in Toronto, Canada: Jarvis Collegiate: Grade 10 English: Maus and Ring of the Nibelung

Unit Plan – World War II: Images and Reflections

Canadian History Since WWI CHC2P Grade 10 Applied By: Jennifer Stewart This unit is designed to give students a more personal experience of the events of World War II.  The key elements of the war are to be examined, especially causes and outcomes.  However, the specific details of battles and famous personalities will be de-emphasized.  Instead, the unit will focus on the lives of everyday people, especially those on the home-front.  Students will be asked to examine how their family or culture was affected by the war, to give them a personal experience which will enable them to better relate […] Read More

The Graphic Novel Course Syllabus

Course Title: English 12: The Graphic Novel Grade Level and Phase: 12 High School/College Prep Length of Course:  Year Developed for: Masconomet Regional High School By: Maureen Bakis Grade 12 English, The Graphic Novel, is an Honors/College-preparatory course designed to meet the comprehensive needs of a senior. This course occurs in a collaborative learning community where the instructor facilitates active, constructive, language arts-based experiences to promote positive attitudes toward reading, personal expression, and life-long learning. Download syllabus here. Download letter to NCAA Eligibility Center requesting approval of this course. Download presentation explaining the course at Masconomet Regional High School Open House.


MakeBeliefsComix, the free on-line comic strip generator, introduced new comic characters with physical disabilities to reflect the diversity of users, including those with special needs. Among the 128 characters that students can now select in creating their comic strips are: A boy and girl in wheelchairs A soldier who lost an arm in war and wears a prosthesis A blind person with a service animal An older woman who uses a walker Each character shows a variety of emotions: happy, sad, angry, thoughtful. Educational therapists increasingly use the online comic site for students with autism spectrum disorders to help them […] Read More

The Anthology

Reading With Pictures Vol One

The Reading With Pictures Anthology is our proof of concept – a book designed to demonstrate the power comics have in bridging the gap between entertainment and education. All 192 of the anthology’s full-color pages are appropriate and accessible to the youngest of readers, yet still enjoyable and engaging for the oldest of them as well. The anthology features a cover by Jill Thompson (The Sandman) and stories by Fred Van Lente (Amazing Spider-Man), Ryan Dunlavey (Action Philosophers), Jeffrey Brown (Sulk), Raina Telgemeier (The Baby-Sitter’s Club), Jim Gownley (Amelia Rules), Chris Giarrusso (Mini-Marvels), John Gallagher and Rich Faber (Buzzboy), Eric […] Read More

Thanks for Your Support

$77,420 raised by 971 backers to make 1 dream a reality. Thank you all! Now wait till you see what comes next… WHAT WE’RE DOING… Finance the creation of The Graphic Textbook entirely through our Kickstarter campaign. The Graphic Textbook unites the finest creative talents in the comics industry with the nation’s leading experts in visual literacy to create a gamechanging educational tool for the classroom and beyond, one that’s tied to a revolutionary impact study overseen by the Learning Sciences Department of Northwestern University. The goal is to create an awesomeness-filled book of the highest artistic quality and literary merit that also meets all the criteria necessary to be accepted as […] Read More

Count of Monte Cristo

Provided by: Supplemental Super-Heros These are teaching materials developed by Supplemental Super-Heros to be used with the comic book Classics Illustrated Count of Monte Cristo. The materials are to be used for educational purposes only. Download Student Edition and Teacher Edition here.

Lucy Lou Learns to Love Reading

By: Tegan Zimmerman Henry – Literacy Roots View this reading strategies comic here. Also, view Reading Strategies Comic Strip and Rationale with demonstrates understanding research-based best practices for teaching reading and language arts using Lucy Lou Learns to Love Reading and the Literacy Roots blog: