RE 5040 Fall 2011
Amanda Solesbee
Graphic Novels
Sat Nov 19, 2011 22:50

Thanks for the comment on the presentation! It seemed like it took forever to make :-) All the pictures of the kids except for one are from our classes. The boys really had a great time in our clubs. We didn't use any graphic novels with my boys’ book club...but with my boys group being the older group, I can see that being in a future session for our club. My 5th graders do love graphic novels, and I have already taught one earlier in the year. I transition into graphic novels through teaching one simple one, and then through a regular novel- Frindle for example, I had them make a graphic novel through comic strips on poster boards. They LOVED the activity, and it really helps them comprehend the text even more when they apply the graphic novel look to their poster board. They don't know it, but when making the graphic novel they are rereading, synthesizing, inferring, and applying what they have read. It is a great teaching moment :-) After my group read Shuting Out the Sky, they read a few more books about the same topic realted to immigration in the past. Some books were Immigration in New York, A Nation of Many Colors, and The Land of Opportunity.I have actually gotten my principal involved because his family came over to NY as immigrants from that time period, and he has a great story to tell. The kids really love the history part and love comparing the kids from back then to today.

  • Boys' Reading Interest presentation response - MaryBeth , Sat Nov 19 14:21
    First, what a cool looking presentation. I loved the bright colors that you used, the student work samples, and the pictures that were incorporated. I have particular interest in boys, since I have 2 ... more
    • Graphic Novels - Amanda Solesbee, Sat Nov 19 22:50
      • Re: Graphic Novels - Nakita Carson, Wed Dec 7 19:51
        I have found this year's boys love them!
      • graphic novels - sarah patten, Sun Dec 4 17:43
        I love the idea about using the comic strips after reading a book and creating a graphic novel! Boys are especially interested in these books and they can be a useful tool!
      • Re: Graphic Novels - Kara Scott, Fri Dec 2 16:17
        I couldn't agree more. I think graphic novels are wonderful for male students. When I taught the upper grades a few years ago, graphic novels changed my males students perspective on reading... more
        • Re: Graphic Novels - whitney fisher, Sun Dec 11 15:18
          Not only are they great for boys and younger students but also for adults. I read my first ever graphic novel this past semester and I enjoyed it so much. I had never been able to read books like... more
        • Re: Graphic Novels - Nakita Carson, Wed Dec 7 20:11
          I really don't understand how I had never heard of graphic novels until Dr. Moorman's class! Where have I been?
      • Graphic Novels - MaryBeth, Sun Nov 20 10:18
        It sound like the books about immigration were a great theme. It's always good to be able to work on other academic areas (such as Social Studies) while you are working on reading too. About graphic... more
        • Graphic Novels - Amanda Solesbee, Sun Nov 20 13:30
          Are you taking the course with Dr. Moorman? If so, I am also in that course now and we also did a unit on graphic novels- sounds similar to what you are doing in class too?
          • graphic novels - MaryBeth, Mon Nov 21 14:08
            Yep! I'm taking that class. 5 years ago when I was teaching you rarely heard of them. I'm thinking of starting to write them myself! Ha! In all seriousness, it does seem like they have become really... more
            • graphic novels - Ruth Ann Timmons, Tue Nov 29 00:42
              Since working with graphic novels in Moorman's class I have noticed them everywhere- they are SO popular now! When I was little I remember the classic comic book style and being turned off by them... more
              • re:graphic novels - MaryBeth, Tue Nov 29 08:04
                I agree Ruth Ann. I was NOT a comic book fan as a youngster, so I guess I was a little surprised to hear in Moorman's class about how popular they were. It seems like there are much more varied in... more
                • Graphic novels - Marlee Wright, Tue Nov 29 23:09
                  I am in Dr. Moorman's class too, and as I was doing that graphic novel project I came across two wonderful graphic novels about Ann Frank. They contained lots of history - it really surprised me how... more
                  • re: graphic novels - Ginger Landers, Wed Dec 14 21:04
                    I, too, was not a fan of graphic novels or superheros as a child but they are great resources to incorporate into a classroom library. They do come in a array of subject matter and can even be used... more
    • reply to Mary Beth - Lori Vestal, Sat Nov 19 17:22
      MaryBeth, For my group, they were really interested in animals, so I focused on animal books. I started out with non fiction books at first and then added some fiction fun books at the end. I did not ... more
      • I agree - MaryBeth, Sun Nov 20 10:13
        I agree that attitude plays a big part in success. It seems like if the students want to do something, even if it is a challenge for them, that they find a way to become successful with it. I'm... more
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