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!

A Glimpse of the Superhero Genre: Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

A glimpse of the superhero genre: Frank miller's batman: The dark knight returns

Luke's movie trailer storyboard shows one way students respond playfully and artistically to their experience reading Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (2002), the graphic novel I offer to students as a glimpse into the best of the graphic novel superhero genre. Because of the recent slew of Batman films, most students immediately connect to this curriculum and are highly motivated to read; however, students often are stunned as well when they realize some of the difficulties involved in reading such an intertextual and complex graphic novel.

Students’ reactions to reading The Dark Knight Returns, apparent in many of ...

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