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Teaching Graphic Novels: Practical Strategies for the Secondary ELA Classroom
Teaching Graphic Novels: Practical Strategies for the Secondary ELA Classroom
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Maupin House

Teaching Graphic Novels: Practical Strategies for the Secondary ELA Classroom

Harness the power of graphic novels to promote literacy and engage all secondary students with Teaching Graphic Novels by Katie Monnin! Address print-text and image literacies, from navigating text features to creating standards-based lessons on reading comprehension, fiction/nonfiction, written response, critical thinking, and media literacy. Complete with examples from graphic novels, professional resource suggestions, strategies that can be used with any graphic novel, cross-indexes of middle and high school graphic novels and themes, reproducibles, and extra support for English-language learners. Teaching Graphic Novels was a finalist for both the 2009 ForeWord Education Book of the Year and the 2010 AEP Distinguished Achievement Award in the 6-8 Curriculum and Instruction category! 

 
ISBN978-1-934338-40-7
SubjectLiteracy, Teaching Graphics
Page Count256
Copyright2009
SeriesMaupin House
Paperback
Price
$24.95
 


 
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Journal of Graphic Novels & Comics - Patrick R. Grzanka

""Though English reading and writing are her analytic loci, Monnin's text is neither superficial nor uncritical. She clearly expects much from her students, and Monnin's readers should similarly be prepared to think critically about their own teaching and how they can diversify their courses in both form and content. Moreover, Monnin's selection of fiction and nonfiction books through which to illustrate her pedagogical approach is most impressive. Rather than hide in relative safety of Maus, Monnin dives head first into controversial and sensitive topics and ideas, such as ethnicity and race; she even recommends books that directly address sexuality, including Bechdel's superb Fun Home (2006). It would have been an easier book to write if Monnin had decided to avoid talking about social identities with younger students, but it would have made the book more about teaching and less about learning. Instead, Monnin conveys her enthusiasm for working with diverse topics and literatures, and a more complicated and challenging book emerges. By using tangible teaching strategies, animated worksheets and multicultural texts, Monnin helps us get excited about doing something unexpected in our own classrooms, regardless of course content or grade level."  - Patrick R. Grzanka, Journal of Graphic Novels & Comics, December 2010 (Click here for full review)" - Journal of Graphic Novels & Comics

December 1, 2010

Graphic Novel Reporter - John Hogan

""So many of us grew up in an age where comics were so frowned upon that we hid the fact that we read them from most of our teachers - especially our English teachers. That's not the case anymore. In fact, more and more teachers everywhere are discovering the wonderful aspects of comics and the enormous benefit they can offer in the classroom. English teachers are no longer the enemies of comics - they're some of the format's biggest proponents. One such professor is Dr. Katie Monnin (familiar to readers of GNR already, of course), an assistant professor of literacy at University of North Florida in Jacksonville. She's also a busy speaker working the graphic-novel circuit at conventions and seminars. So it's no surprise that Monnin has written such an excellent resource as Teaching Graphic Novels: Practical Strategies for the Secondary ELA Classroom. The book is as straightforward as its name suggests and simply and easily presents methods teachers can use to integrate graphic novels in their classrooms. A foreword from the New Yorker's art editor, Francoise Mouly, opens the book and sets the tone. From there, we get into these heady topics: Graphic Novel Vocabulary; Teaching Reading Comprehension with Graphic Novels; Teaching Graphic Novel Fiction; Teaching Graphic Novel Nonfiction; Teaching Media Literacy with Graphic Novels; and Suggestions for Teaching Graphic Novels to English Language Learners. Then there are the appendices: 25 of them, to be exact. Finally, the book is topped off with several reference lists. It's a pretty thorough book that covers all the bases. The graphic design of the book is pretty simple (to put it mildly), but the real star here is the content, which is exceptional. Dr. Monnin is a trusted authority who has put together an essential book on the use of comics in the classroom." -  John Hogan, Graphic Novel Reporter, January 2010" - Graphic Novel Reporter

January 1, 2010

Book News Inc. - Eithne O'Leyne

""This guide for teachers of grades 6-12 describes strategies for using graphic novels in the English/language arts classroom and offers curriculum-aligned lessons. The first section of the book offers a brief historical explanation about the significance of teaching modern students to read and write with both print-text literacies and image literacies, and then explains graphic novel terminology. The second section shows how to align graphic novels with the English/language arts curriculum, with chapters on teaching reading comprehension with graphic novels, teaching graphic novel fiction and nonfiction, and teaching media literacy with graphic novels." -  Eithne O'Leyne, Associate Editor, Book News Inc., February 2009" - Book News Inc.

February 1, 2009

 

Midwest Book Review

""Not just long comic books, graphic novels can prove to be powerful teaching tools. Teaching Graphic Novels: Practical Strategies for the Secondary ELA Classroom is a guide for English and language arts teachers who want to entice their students more into reading using graphic novels. With plenty of assistance on how to use them teach concepts such as story structure, Teaching Graphic Novels is a worthwhile investment for the forward-thinking educator who wants to incorporate the newest trends." -  Midwest Book Review, December 2009" - Midwest Book Review

December 1, 2009

The Professor Garfield Foundation - Bob Levy

""During the past 10 years working with Jim Davis, Garfield's creator, I've seen dozens of letters from parents explaining that they routinely use comics strips to teach children to read. It seems logical that graphic novels can expand on that concept and teach higher order cognitive skills while motivating children at the same time. There's no better way to engage the reluctant reader or inspire a child than through the use of graphic novels. Dr. Katie Monnin's book offers a teacher-friendly approach for reading strategies using graphic novels in the classroom and even includes methods to work with English language learners. If you consider yourself a progressive teacher, this book is for you!" - Bob Levy, The Professor Garfield Foundation" - The Professor Garfield Foundation

Arlington Independent School District

""This book begins with how to read a graphic novel and expands into how to use it in a secondary classroom setting as a visual strategy for teaching reading. Although this novel focuses on strategies for the ELA classroom, many of the ideas can easily be incorporated into other classrroom settings. Small sections focus on ELL and media literacy. Contains reproducible handouts, a cross-index of graphic novels and themes, references, and an index. Wonderful addition to a professional collection. Highly Recommended. Grade: A." -Arlington Independent School District, 2010" - Arlington Independent School District

 
Katie Monnin

Katie Monnin

Katie Monnin is an assistant professor of literacy at University of North Florida in Jacksonville. She has presented nationally at conferences on teaching graphic novels in the classroom, image and print-text literacies, and new media. Katie is co-editor of Florida Reading Quarterly. Her book, Teaching Graphic Novels, was a finalist for the 2009 ForeWord Education Book of the Year! She was selected to be a judge for the 2013 Eisner Awards.

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