Graphic Novels Teach … Everything
Graphic novels offer a means for representing complex material in ways that reduce the cognitive demand of reading dense text while portraying sophisticated concepts.
I’m excited to be posting on the ABCs of Graphic Novels, an ABC series with a great crew of compatriots who also blog on education. We are all posting the ABCs of (fill in the blank).
Day 1: ABCs of Graphic Novels, A-E
Day 2: ABCs of Graphic Novels, F-J
Day 3: ABCs of Graphic Novels, K-O
Day 4: ABCs of Graphic Novels: P-T
Day 5: ABCs of Graphic Novels: U-Z
Graphic novels, in addition to teaching kids inferencing, can convey a story that teaches. This collection includes topics such as environmental awareness, Chinese mythology, Homer’s The Odyssey, and it can even save lives. For more on how graphic novels can save lives, please watch the TED talk that graphic novel author Jarrett Krosoczka gave.
F is for folk-lore. Chinese folk-lore is turned into a Prinz Award winning YA graphic novel is this tale of Chinese American Geek Turned Monkey Hero in American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang.
G is for novels that teach green! Luz Sees the Light and Luz Makes a Splash has an environmental message with Latino characters in an urban setting.
H is for Homer. Odysseus two ways. As a stick man and as a graphic novel. The Odyssey (Barron’s Graphic Classics) by Fiona Macdonald. This is a really pain-free and exciting way to experience Homer’s classic The Odyssey. [young adult so ages 11-up].
I is for Inferencing. Use wordless graphic novels for toddlers to help them develop inferencing skills. Hocus Pocus by Sylvie Desrosiers is perfect!
J is for Jarrett Krosoczka. He gave this TED talk with 2 hours advance notice and it moved me to tears.
More great posts from the Kid Bloggers Network on THE ABC’S OF…
- Books for Preschoolers from Mommy and Me Book Club
- Building a Home Library from Ready Set Read!
- Early Language Learning from Playting with Words 365
- Early Literacy from Playdough to Plato
- Exploring Books from JDaniel4’s Mom
- Graphic Novels from Pragmatic Mom
- Learning to Read Through Play from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
- Learning to Write from NurtureStore
- Reading Comprehension for Pre K-Grade 1 from The Wise Owl Factory
- Storytelling from A Mom with a Lesson Plan
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4 thoughts on “ABCs of Graphic Novels, F through J”
Adding Odyssey (to our list)! Thanks!!!
Odyssey would be great for ages 9 and up. Maybe 8? I’ll test it out on my son.
Oh, goodness, I’m just now in love Jarrett Krosoczka, he’s just too adorable! Such an honest, and wonderful post. He reminds me of my amazingly wonderful husband (I’m biased, he’s really wonderful though!), he’s an author as well, and in the attempting to be published stage of life.
Placing several of Krosoczka’s books on hold at my library (most of his books have a wait, but I’m excited to read them with my girls!)
Thanks for the lists!
How wonderful your husband is writing a book! What kind of book and for what audience? You are such a supportive spouse; I’m sure he realizes it! Yes, I love Jarrett Krosoczka too … almost to the point of learning to spell his last name! His books are fun and my son who is 8 loves them. His life story is truly moving too! I cry every time I see that video. And then to watch it with Jack Gantos’ Newbery acceptance speech. Not really related but to think when Jack Gantos said, “Nice cat” and it kind of changed Jarrett’s life, you realize what a small world it is and how easily and unknowingly we can all influence each other. I’m sure Jack Gantos has no recollection of ever saying “Nice cat” to some kid, but that’s what I love about that story. Because it really did matter.