Graphic Novel Resources for Educators
As an educator you can utilize the Get Graphic! website to learn more about graphic novels, investigate booklists, explore graphic novel news and information, and learn about graphic novel related events around Western New York. Our Get Graphic! blog offers a place to exchange ideas and see what others are reading, and our Contact list allows you to communicate with someone from the Get Graphic project for assistance in how to best utilize our website and materials.
- Nationally, 25% of Eight Graders scored below the National Assessment of Educational Progress standard of reading proficiency.
- Only 52% of high school graduates tested on the 2011 ACT met the reading readiness benchmark
- The average 15-24 year old American spends almost 2 hours each day watching TV, but only 7 minutes of their leisure time reading.
- The graduation rate for Buffalo city schools is only 54% as of 2011.
- Locally, 30% of adults operate at minimal literacy. Countywide, 20% of adults operate at minimal literacy.
Graphic Novels can be an important part of both educational and leisure reading for students of all ages. Graphic novels are astoundingly popular with kids and young adults, and can be as simple or complex as any other literature.
Reading graphic novels:
- Engages reluctant readers & ESL students.
- Increases reading comprehension and vocabulary.
- Can serve as a bridge between low and high levels of reading.
- Provides an approach to reading that embraces the multimedia nature of today's culture, as 2/3 of a story is conveyed visually.
- Provides scaffolding for struggling readers.
- Can serve as an intermediary step to more difficult disciplines and concepts.
- Presents complex material in readable text.
- Helps students understand global affairs.
- Helps to develop analytical and critical thinking skills.
- Offers another avenue through which students can experience art.
Graphic Novel Workshop Resources
- Powerpoint Presentation
- Graphic Novels in Middle & High School Classrooms - What & Why
- Teaching Strategies for Graphic Novels
- Articles, Books and Authors
- Reliable Sources for J GN Collection Development
- What a Real Teen Says -- High School Student Martin Kilroy on Graphic Novels
Graphic Novel Classroom Kits
Teachers/Librarians: To find out how to borrow graphic novels to use with your students, click here.
I Kill Giants
Joe Kelly (Author), J. M. Ken Niimura (Illustrator)
Barbara is an angry elementary-school girl who is known as a freak and claims to be a killer of giants. She faces bullies and storms with no fear, but cannot face what she hides from at home. The story is heart wrenching and wonderful at the same time. This work is an example of why comic books are not only art, but a necessary medium to tell a full story. The art blends so well with the writing you will find yourself thinking “Did I just read a comic or a small beautiful novel ?” Truly an example of why comic books/graphic novels are great.
Intersted in learning more about Graphic Novels and how to use them?
Contact Dan Caufield to schedule a workshop!