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Using Content-Area Graphic Texts for Learning: A Guide for Middle-Level Educators
Using Content-Area Graphic Texts for Learning: A Guide for Middle-Level Educators
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Maupin House

Using Content-Area Graphic Texts for Learning: A Guide for Middle-Level Educators

What counts as literacy has been redefined in today’s classrooms. Teachers must address what it means to read and live in a multi-literate world that includes both print text and image text. Focused specifically on young adult graphic novels in the four primary content areas—math, language arts, social studies, and science—Using Content-Area Graphic Texts for Learning: A Guide for Middle-Level Educators by Dr. Meryl Jaffe and Dr. Katie Monnin empowers twenty-first-century, middle-school educators to not only better understand content-area graphic novels, but also teach them. Like their print counterparts, graphic texts reinforce traditional content-area thinking skills like memory, attention, cognition, language learning, and sequencing. Unlike print texts, however, comics and graphic novels reach out to diverse types of literacy learners and their particular reading strengths, making them the perfect, high-quality, literary-level texts for core content-area classrooms. Using Content-Area Graphic Texts for Learning begins with the building blocks of graphic novel terminology 101, moves into a detailed look at how graphic texts specifically help and empower different types of learners, and then branches off into specific chapters for each of four content areas: math, language arts, social studies, and science. Each of these content-area chapters includes: an overview of how graphic novels help students tackle, integrate, and enhance content-area material;  two content-area lesson plans, each utilizing graphic novels in different ways; a demonstration of what that lesson plan is asking students to do, focusing on five learning skills—attention, memory, language, sequencing, and cognition—and how the lesson aligns with the appropriate content area’s Common Core Standards; a discussion on how graphic novels help different types of learners succeed in the content-area classrooms; and a list of suggested graphic novels for each content-area classroom.  Jaffe and Monnin more than make the case for using graphic novels as valid young adult literary texts that engage students and meet Common Core State Standards within the content-area classroom.

 
ISBN978-1-936700-60-8
SubjectLiteracy, Teaching Graphics
Page Count160
Copyright2013
SeriesMaupin House
Paperback
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Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth - Katharine Thurlow

"Twenty-first-century teachers need all the tricks they can find to be heard by twenty-first-century students. Graphic novels can be an effective way of meeting both diverse student needs and current curriculum standards, but many teachers don't even know where to start to use them. Jaffe and Monnin provide concrete examples of how language arts, math, social studies, and science teachers can employ the young adult graphic novels that students love to learn the content that they need in the twenty-first-century world." - Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth

English Education at the University of Texas at El Paso - James Bucky Carter

"Practical, accessible, and informed by the Common Core Standards, this text illustrates how studying comics can build the literacy skills of a wide range of readers in a wide range of subjects." - English Education at the University of Texas at El Paso

Learning magazine

"Using young-adult graphic novels to teach math, language arts, social studies, and science. This book provides graphic novel lists and Common Core-aligned lesson plans for each content area." - Learning magazine

April 1, 2014

 
Meryl Jaffe

Meryl Jaffe

Dr. Meryl Jaffe is an instructor for Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth Online Division, a teacher mentor, and an educational consultant. She writes teacher guides for prose and graphic texts, speaks at national and international conferences, and facilitates teacher workshops on the inclusion of graphic novels in classrooms. Visit her blog at www.departingthetext.blogspot.com.

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