Using Graphic Novels To Turn Reluctant Readers Into Authors
Help me give my students a chance to develop as readers with a class set of the graphic novel The Time Museum.
This project expired on August 3, 2019.
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My school division offers a Summer Academy program to elementary and middle school students from across our county. Students invited to attend Summer Academy come from diverse backgrounds and have been recommended by their teachers because they have demonstrated a struggle in Math or English.
For three weeks in July, we offer Project Based Learning opportunities in English and Math to help promote confident learning and avoid the summer slide.
Students are encouraged to spend time engaged in inquiry and exploration to build skills in Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Citizenship.
This will be my 3rd summer with this program. Each year, I am amazed by the students I work with. In spite of their struggles, they come to Summer Academy each day willing to invest the effort and drive needed to become stronger readers and writers.
This year, we've teamed up with the Math teachers at our grade level to design a project that will allow students to explore reading and writing skills while learning and teaching others important math skills. Our study will be driven by the question: How can we, as graphic novelists, create a digital comic to teach others math concepts?
The best way to increase reading ability is to read more, and these books will help students grow stronger in reading.
For struggling readers, finding a text that engages them in the reading process is even more important. Graphic Novels provide the kind of low risk/high reward reading that will give our students the feeling of success they need to experience in order to continue building a foundation of habits.
Students will read The Time Museum as an anchor text. Using it to review skills such as plot, characters, dialogue, and text structures, before creating their own graphic novels to teach others about the math skills they will be learning about.
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