When you think of graphic novels, you probably imagine bright colorful comic books or maybe short books composed of simple text with numerous pictures that may not resemble real reading for your students.
Well, think again!
Read 180 Universal's inclusion of graphic novels sparked a movement I could never have ever anticipated for the incorporation of more graphic novels in my classroom. Students who frequently abandoned books and read with poor intonation, suddenly became avid readers when learning how to read these books. Not only did these students desire to read more novels, they also began to read these texts with intonation and expression that outmatches actors who read scripts in a play.
What are Graphic Novels?
Graphic novels are books that tell a story using a combination of words and pictures in sequence across the page. The format of these novels includes text, images, word balloons, sound effects, and panels. Graphic novels can be of any genre and include many classic book adaptations.
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The Sports Illustrated Graphic Novels for Kids Series include a description of the characters at the start of each book along with page numbers and a highly useful glossary of important terms to know. (Or less expensive when purchased on Amazon
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A Secret to Success
My students read their first few graphic novels aloud, with me modeling how to navigate the sequence of the story bubbles, along with the sound effects from the fabulous onomatopoeia that is central to these novels, until they were hooked on the process and able to read additional graphic novels on their own.
"Slow and steady wins the race" has been my motto with teaching my reluctant readers this year. If graphic novels can get my students to learn more about topics such as The Great Depression, The Lewis and Clark Expedition, and classics such as The Call of the Wild, The Hobbit, and Treasure Island, then I've done my job with introducing reading as an important gateway to accessing information about any topic
present storylines to my students in manageable bits and pieces that include visuals and plenty of familiar onomatopoeia, which increases their comprehension and also helps them to have fun while reading.
I strongly encourage you to add some graphic novels to your classroom library. Check your school and local public libraries for titles that they may have available for your students to borrow. If these libraries don't have what you need, then ask them to purchase the books. If that method fails, then seek out assistance from Donors Choose.org.