More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
$222 still needed
Graphic Novels for All
Help me give my students some fantastic new graphic novels!
The students at our middle school are a very diverse group. We have many economically disadvantaged students and many transient students. Despite this, they come to school daily eager to learn and eager to improve. Our students love to read! We are a Title I school with a population of 700 students ranging from autistic to academically gifted, as well as an ESL population. Demographically it is made up of 85 percent African American children with 100 percent of our students receiving free breakfast and lunch. I have the pleasure to serve as the Media Specialist for a Positive Behavior Support School in a low performing middle school in a lower-income community. I try to purchase books for our library that appeal to all students.
We are always finding new books and new genres to read!
Graphic novels have become increasingly popular, and we are currently building our collection. The tastes of our students range from classics to Manga. While our graphic novel collection is small, we continue building it based on student requests. I like to purchase what they want while encouraging others to enjoy new books.
Middle school students love graphic novels! Reluctant readers especially like the comic strip-like easy-to-read text and descriptive artwork. The eye-catching colors in many of these books greatly appeal to students.
Artwork in graphic novels often provides visual cues that help with understanding the text.
Students often derive deeper meaning from classic novels which are turned into graphic novels. Students are able to comprehend from the art as well as the text. Graphic novels are especially enjoyed by our ESL students who work to improve their English.
These books would be immediately put on display in the library. I anticipate they would not stay on our shelves very long as word would get around quickly that we have new graphic novels for check out and they would "fly" off the shelf. Getting new graphic novels in the library is usually the "talk around town" so to speak at my school.
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