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

Additional Resources

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This project was made possible in part by a Family Literacy Library Services grant from the New York State Library, New York State Education Department.