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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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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
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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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
The horror movie marathon has long been a Halloween staple, and with a socially distanced Halloween Comicfest approaching, a Halloween themed watch party could be just the event your store is looking for!
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Teacher Librarian Sara Smith discusses the importance of LGBTQ+ representation in today's school libraries.
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