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Graphic Novels For Your School

In this section of the Bookshelf, you will find informative articles about how Graphic Novels, Comic Books, and similiar items can provide educators with a valuable and effective tool for teaching a broad range of important skills.

Before taking the plunge and using comic books in your instruction, you may be hesitant about the appropriateness of the content of the comic.
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Jennifer Haines details what makes comics great teaching tools by showing how they can be used to address each of Gardner's Multiple Intelligence types.
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BookShelf presents Comics in Education, a series dedicated to talking with educators about their use of graphic novels in the classroom and the benefits they have had in their curriculum.
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In 1992, the comic book world found itself in unprecedented territory when Art Spiegelman won the Pulitzer Prize for his stunning Holocaust survival story, Maus. Since that watershed event, the mainstream acceptance of comics and graphic novels has only grown. Check out our comprehensive list of award-winning graphic novels here! (Updated regularly)
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Teacher and comic shop owner Jennifer Haines examines the ways graphic novels can help students develop critical thinking skills.
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By Jennifer Haines
The Children's Book Committee has released their Best Books of the Year list, a comprehensive annotated book lists for children, aged infant-16.
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Elementary teacher Jordan Kerkhoff provides four integral phases to implementing comics and graphic novels into a fifth grade classroom.
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Jordan Kerkhoff
High school English teacher and graphic novel advocate Maureen Bakis reports on a series of Harvard University workshops on teaching with graphic novels, and includes resources for those who couldn't attend.
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Many educators have begun to realize something that long-time comic book readers have always known: comics are valuable.
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Graphic novels serve a variety of purposes in educating developing readers, including bridging language barriers experienced by English-language learners (ELL). Check out a list of the best graphic novels for ELLs along with the benefits of the format for their education.
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Natsuko K. Chow
Peter Gutiérrez, creator of a number of teaching guides for comics and graphic novels, including TOON Book’s Little Mouse Gets Ready and Bloomsbury’s Rapunzel’s Revenge, discusses the ins and outs of creating reading guides, teaching guides and lesson plans to accompany graphic novels. In addition, BookShelf presents a list of recommended resources.
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Peter Gutiérrez
Librarian Caitlin Plovnick explores how comics and graphic novels can benefit research instruction.
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By Caitlin Plovnick
Graphic novels are a staple item of many public libraries, but as BookShelf explains, they also have an important role to play in school libraries and media centers as well.
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University of North Florida assistant professor of literacy Dr. Katie Monnin explains the benefits of the Common Core Standards, and how graphic novels fit into the program.
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The Diamond Graphic Novel Common Core List offers graphic novels from DBD publishers that will fit into a Common Core curriculum, along with resources to help educators and librarians best utilize these materials. The list has been updated for 2015, with new titles and more features to make it easier to use.
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Ellen Myrick - President of Myrick Marketing & Media and creator of the Diamond Book Distributors Graphic Novel Common Core List - offers instructional examples of how four titles from the Diamond Graphic Novel Common Core List can be used to fit into the new standards.
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By Ellen Myrick
High school English teacher Maureen Bakis demonstrates how graphic novels can be used in class within the Common Core State Standards.
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By Maureen Bakis
During ALA Annual 2018 held in New Orleans from June 21-26, the American Library Association announced their first new Round Table in five years with the Graphic Novel Round Table.
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Through his vision and profound innovation of the art form, Will Eisner set the stage for the current crop of comic creators looking to push the boundaries of graphic storytelling and contemporary culture.
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Illya Kowalchuk and Dr. Katie Monnin
Rabbit Publishers has introduced its Kids Read One program to over eighty thousand schools across America.
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Ryerson University English Department chair Andrew O'Malley opens up to Global News about the use of comics in his English classes.
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