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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!

Interpreting Images: Shaun Tan's the Arrival Rachel Masilimani's Two Kinds of People Gene Luen Yang's American Born Chinese
Interpreting images: Shaun tan's the arrival rachel masilimani's two kinds of people gene luen yang's american born chinese

“Sometimes people see things that they want to see or things that aren't actually there, especially when it comes to racial stereotypes.”


Laura's comment pertains to her beliefs about racial stereotypes as part of her response to students’ online discussion forum about the themes in Gene Luen Yang's American Born Chinese (2008), but her statement also describes more generally the ways in which we read and interpret. Often students read into a text, drawing unwarranted conclusions because of their conditioning in a traditional academic setting. Kenny confirms such habits of reading ...

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