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Introduction: Welcome to the Graphic Novel Classroom
Introduction: Welcome to the graphic novel classroom

When students arrive at the graphic novel classroom on the first day of school, they are disoriented because I turn off the lights, project a fifteen-minute TED Talk video ( onto our interactive whiteboard, and sit at a desk along with them to watch. They are expecting me to take attendance and hand out the usual list of materials for English class, but instead, I welcome them with an experience. Together, we look and listen to J. P. Toomey (2010), creator of the daily comic strip, Sherman's Lagoon, who discusses his love of cartooning, the ocean, and his desire to protect it through the art of story. After viewing, students discuss their ...

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