Connecting Comics to Curriculum: Strategies for Grades 6-12

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ABC-CLIO, 2011 - Education - 164 pages
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Connecting Comics to Curriculum: Strategies for Grades 6-12 provides an introduction to graphic novels and the research that supports their use in schools. The book examines best curriculum practices for using graphic novels with students in grades 6-12, showing teachers and school librarians how they can work together to incorporate these materials across the secondary curriculum.

Designed to be an essential guide to harnessing the power of graphic novels in schools, the book covers every aspect of graphic novel use in libraries and classrooms. It illuminates the criteria for selecting titles, explores collection development strategies, and suggests graphic novel tie-ins for subjects taught in secondary schools. One of the first books to provide in-depth lesson plans for teaching a variety of middle and high school standards with graphic novels, the guide offers suggestions for differentiating instruction and includes resource lists of recommended titles and websites.

 

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Contents

Getting Started with Graphic Novels
1
2 Criteria Curriculum and Conundrums
11
Building Your Graphic Novel Collection
23
4 Introducing Graphic Novels to Your Colleagues and Students
31
5 Manga 101
37
A Super Way to Lure Readers
43
Strategies and Lesson Plans
47
Teaching English Language Arts with Graphic Novels
51
Memoirs Manga and More
91
A Successful Experiment
101
Teaching Social Studies with Graphic Novels
111
Using Graphic Novels to Teach Political Science
123
Math Plus Graphic Novels
131
Teaching Fine Arts with Graphic Novels
139
Social Issues in Graphic Novels
147
Appendix 1 A Suggested Core List of Graphic Novel Titles for Middle School Students
151

Teaching Writing with Graphic Novels
65
Graphic Novel Adaptations
71
Traditional Literature in Graphic Novels
83
Appendix 2 A Suggested Core List of Graphic Novel Titles for High School Students
155
Index
159
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About the author (2011)

Karen W. Gavigan is assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.

Mindy Tomasevich is a media specialist and national board certified teacher at Mills Park Middle School, Cary, NC.

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