My students need graphic novels to compare to books they have read or content they have learned. Then, they will compare and contrast how stories are developed in different medias.
My students are kind, caring, and curious about the world beyond their front door. Students in my school are unique because of where they live. We live in the mountains of beautiful Colorado. We are 30 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Denver. Kids here tend to stay "kids" longer. It is a great community that supports each other. My students are kind, and compassionate. They love learning, especially about the world beyond our small community.
These kiddos are voracious readers.
They love to read and learn about the experiences of others. They enjoy having discussions about books. They especially love to argue their own theories about characters, plot and theme. These students love to be challenged by books, and look forward to the launch of each new novel.
These materials will act as mentor texts for our students as they write their own graphic novels. They will examine how theme is developed, how dialogue is used, and how author develop realistic characteristics. For example, one of the books requested is the graphic novel version of A Wrinkle In Time, which students read earlier this year. Because they have all read the novel, they can use both texts to draw conclusions about how authors develop theme, characters, and conflict across different media. They can gain similar knowledge by comparing the graphic novel about volcanoes, to learning they did through science textbooks and articles earlier in the year. Students will compare main ideas, and how information is presented in these two different medias.
At the end of our project, students will apply their new learning in to writing their own graphic novels, in which they will use theme and characters to highlight decision making.
Their graphic novels will be presented and critiqued at a Comic Con style event, in which students will identify the theme in each other's work, and compare that identification with the author's intent. Student's will even come to Comic Con dressed as their graphic novel's main character.
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|Cortez: And the Fall of the Aztecs • Amazon Business||$10.99||10||$109.90|
|A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel • Amazon Business||$8.65||10||$86.50|
|The Call of the Wild: The Graphic Novel (Campfire Graphic Novels) • Amazon Business||$8.49||10||$84.90|
|The Incredible Plate Tectonics Comic: The Adventures of Geo, Vol. 1 • Amazon Business||$7.95||10||$79.50|
|Poe: Stories and Poems: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds • Amazon Business||$7.70||10||$77.00|
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