Thursday, January 21, 2010

SCCTE Conference 2010

Adventures in Genre!: Challenging Texts with Graphic Novels

P. L. Thomas, EdD, Associate Professor of Education, Furman University

Friday, January 29, 2010: Session 1 (9:30-10:30)

Multi-genre units can be inviting literacy experiences for our students. Asking our students to challenge their assumptions about texts while exploring a wide range of texts is an ideal avenue to empowering our students as life-long readers. This session will explore anchoring multi-genre literature units with graphic novels—such as a unit on justice incorporating Batman: Year One, The Reader, nonfiction essays, and poetry.

Paul Auster, City of Glass

Paul Auster, City of Glass graphic novel adaptation by Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli

See Great Graphic Novels for Teens (ALA)


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See Also:

Confronting the Text, Confronting the World (Peter Lang USA series)

• Barbara Kingsolver
• Kurt Vonnegut
• Margaret Atwood
• Ralph Ellison

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