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A secret weapon for engaging adolescents

Could you use a superhero to teach reading, writing, critical thinking, and problem solving? While seeking the answer, secondary language arts teacher Maureen Bakis discovered a powerful pedagogy that teaches those skills and more. The amazingly successful results prompted her to write this practical guide that shows middle and high school teachers how to incorporate graphic novels into their classrooms in order to: Teach 21st century skills, including interpretation of content and form; Promote authentic literacy learning; Grow learners' competency in writing and visual comprehension; Motivate students to create in multiple formats, including images; Engage struggling as well as proficient students in reading

This comprehensive resource includes teaching and learning models, text-specific detailed lesson units, and examples of student work. If you are looking for an effective, contemporary way to jump-start learning and inspire students to love reading, The Graphic Novel Classroom is the superpower you need!

Pictures, Perception, and the Past: Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis
Pictures, perception, and the past: Marjane satrapi's persepolis

“Marjane and I have similar influences on our view of the world. Marjane, as a child, has access to various forms of media, has strict curriculum in school, and listens to her parents. All these things influence her worldview. On page twelve, panel six, Marjane reads about Karl Marx in a comic book. As she reads, she adopts many opinions on government similar to what the comic book teaches, thus influencing her overall opinion of her own government, much the way what I read shapes how I think about the world.”

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The excerpt above from Zach's quiz response indicates the similarities he sees between himself and Marjane Satrapi, author of the ...

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