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!

Looking at the Big Picture: Will Eisner's a Contract with God and a Life Force

Looking at the big picture: Will eisner's a contract with god and a life force

“Do you believe in karma? What is justice? Why should we be good?”

These are some of the big picture questions I ask my students while they read Will Eisner's A Contract With God (2006a). Asking them to respond to the notion of justice and how they understand the universe and their place in it in a 5-minute quick-write in journals as a warm-up activity primes students for the deeper issues they are about to discover as they read, reread, discuss, and write further about both Will Eisner's A Contract With God and A Life Force (2006b). ...

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