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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

graphic novels

take a quick journey first to see an example and one that deals with narrative style with Tom The Dancing Bug.

i love the awakening or reawakening of the graphic novel. when i was a young boy, classic comic versions of the classic novel was my way in. of course i was a stan lee fan and some of the dc comic series. mad was the ultimate. so for me a very poor reader when i was in grade school, the graphic novel was crucial for me in my transformation. this word, "transformation" was reintroduced to me after i read james bucky carter's "transforming english with graphic novels" in the nov 2007
english journal. he reminded me of a session in pittsburgh i went to about the graphic novel and then this year's ncte 's middle mosaic was all about the graphic novel. my work in a nyc public high school, the graphic novel is an important tool for that crucial transformation for each student who needs to get into reading. jeffrey wilhelm speaks about this constantly. there is much research and writing about the graphic novel from John F. Barber who cites Charles McGrath, Mary Deming, Scott McCloud, Stephen Krashen, David Kunzle, Stephen Weiner, Paul Gravett, Brian Preiss, Howard Zimmerman, Trina Robbins to name a few.

from john f. barber i learned why we teach graphic novels? he says, reading and writing inform each other. the reader "gets the picture." they help the reader verbalize their ideas, read their "world," and they lead to self-actualization. in many cases the language is more authentic to the reader. because the graphic novel is condensed it requires the reader to make inferences and help them develop the good reader skill of going from what they know to what they need to know. graphic novels serve as a bridge in literacy because they employ all the parts of literature. they have a beginning, a middle, and an end. they use all the tools of literature and introduce the various genres. the graphic novel is pared down to the basic elements. many tools are used such as dialogue, metaphors, images, satire, parody, symbol, and higher order thinking skills.

in my classroom book closet, graphic novels are beginning to take up a lot of space and are being read.
maus was one of the first graphic novels i used because it was so accessible and acceptable in our school. now we are ordering graphic novels by the gross. graphic novels complement CyberEnglish. the scholars in CE is using the components of the graphic novel when they create their webpage. they employ text, images, and sound. not only do they write in html, they may also employ flash or a powerpoint to create a multi-modal webpage. there is a very good connection between the graphic novel which is input and CyberEnglish which is output. a variation on the reader - writer relationship. what barber says about the reader of the graphic novel is true of the writing scholar in CyberEnglish.

some resources:
a list of all time graphic novels.
here is a list of graphic novels from
young adult library services association.
a place to
buy a graphic novel from powell books online.

a google search of "graphic novels" will yield much.

if you want to get started try strip creator.com. a great way in for you and your scholars.


1 comment:

lizzbert said...

Another great place to buy graphic novels is TFAW.com.