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Teaching Graphic Novels (5-12)

3 Credits
3 Credits

What is the Teaching Graphic Novels course?

Graphic novels are growing in popularity across all grades as students discover engaging and exciting texts. Learn about graphic novels, visual literacy, and how to engage students with fun, accessible, and interesting texts on a variety of topics. Students will have the opportunity to read and engage with fiction and non-fiction graphic novels of their choice, as well as develop dynamic lessons that will support all readers and writers in the classroom. Discover resources for teaching with graphic novels and help your students build a love of reading!

Great course! Super informative! Very interesting and well-constructed sequence of readings and information. I'm glad I took it!”

-Educator, Pennsylvania

“I enjoyed the course, the materials, and an opportunity to explore new literature.”  

-Educator, Armed Forces

What is a graphic novel?

Graphic novels and comic books are not the same. While they both incorporate illustrations with telling a story, graphic novels are a full story with a beginning, a middle, and an end and are typically much longer. As with any novel, characters are fully developed and stories are detailed.

Here are some popular graphic novels.

  • New Kid (Newbery Medal Winner) by Jerry Craft
  • El Deafo (Newbery Honor) by Cece Bell
  • The Stonekeeper's Curse series by Kazu Kibuishi
  • The Baby-Sitters Club graphix series by Raina Telgemeier
  • Dog Man series by Dav Pilkey
  • Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd, Michelle Mee Nutter

What will I learn in this course?

Learn to create dynamic lessons for your students and engage them through graphic novels to nurture and engage students with literacy. Incorporating graphic novels in your English Language Arts classroom is a unique way to encourage the love of reading. Throughout the course, you will:

  • Discover graphic novels and themes associated with them
  • Explore literary devices with graphic novels
  • Graphic novel and literary Interpretation
  • Connect with the disciplines
  • Reflect on graphic novel adaptations
  • Experiment with multimodality as a teacher
  • And much more!

NOTE: Required book must be acquired separately.

This course is applicable towards the English Language Arts Teaching Certificate.

Tara Warmerdam

I am passionate about reading and writing, and this is central to my work as an educator. Whether I am discussing a book with a group of 12th grade seniors, teaching curriculum theory with teacher credential students, or assisting veteran teachers with implementing core standards and reading intervention strategies, my students are always the focus of my teaching. I value a positive, energetic, and creative learning space where professionals can work together to improve their practice and help their students become lifelong readers and writers! My goals for my online professional development courses are to provide relevant, timely, and engaging material that teachers can bring back into their classrooms. Learning is a lifelong journey for teachers and students - come learn with me and celebrate reading!