Episode 245: The Argument for Using Graphic Novels in the Classroom - EB Academics

Episode 245: The Argument for Using Graphic Novels in the Classroom

Welcome back to another episode of Teaching Middle School ELA where we’re diving into the topic of using graphic novels in the classroom. We understand the uncertainty that comes with introducing a new teaching method or resource, especially when it comes to finding graphic novels that align with academic standards and engage students. But fear not, because today we are unpacking all things graphic novels and making the case for why this is the year to try them out with your students. We’ll be sharing tips and insights on how to choose the right graphic novels, effectively teach them, and analyze the visual elements they offer. Get ready to embrace this exciting and engaging new addition to your middle school ELA classroom.

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  • [00:02:35] Caitlin and Jessica discuss the benefits of using graphic novels to enhance students’ learning, especially in multiple literacies. While using graphic novels in the middle school ELA classroom can be daunting, they encourage listeners to be open to these unique resources.
  • [00:08:11] Graphic novels engage students with diverse topics, opening their minds to a variety of people and situations..
  • [00:13:03] Graphic novels also offer the unique feature of visual elements, which allow our students to analyze the text in a different way than a traditional novel allows.
  • [00:15:23] Caitlin and Jessica suggest having students create graphic novel covers to apply learned skills and analyze the artistic components of novels. Teachers interested in additional resources are encouraged to check out the EB Teachers’ Club.

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