GRAPHICALLY GREAT: Understanding Difficult Texts Through Graphic Novels
Help me give my students a better understanding of difficult texts, such as 'The Odyssey,' 'Romeo & Juliet,' and 'Oedipus.' The laminator will help make projects look amazing, and we can hang them up to give them ownership!
Students in my class all have very different personalities and love to show them off on a day to day basis through projects and discussions. Because they are all so diverse, I try to mix up the lessons and what the class looks like on a day-to-day basis. I have students who are interested in activism, art, writing, reading, politics, sports, and everything else under the sun.
My students are often curious as to what the day is going to look like in my class, which keeps them on their toes and engaged throughout the lessons.
Students love creating projects that show off their diverse skills, and I try to have a variety of activities we do weekly, to break up the 'norm' of an English classroom. I have students who love art, creating web-design, writing creative stories, reading an abundance of books that fall under different genres, and generating change through the school through use of video production and surveys.
My students treat each other with respect in my classroom, and are eager to learn about each other's differences, to have better discussions, debates, and it helps them expand their own ideas and opinions about other cultures and backgrounds.
The texts we read are stimulating, however, the majority of my students have a difficult time understanding the content because of the language. Graphic Novels will help all of my students have a better understanding of the messages, teachings, and plot of the plays & epics in a way that is engaging. Graphic Novels can help students visualize what is going on in the plot, while still helping them understand the text.
The laminator and sheets are imperative in my class, because we aren't allowed to hang up any student work unless they are laminated (due to fire hazards).
Students love to see their work up in class to help them feel welcome, and it gives them a sense of ownership in the classroom. They create so many diverse pieces of art to go along with the texts we read, that it will help make the students feel like their work is being valued and displayed for others to see.
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