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Building Literacy Connections with Graphic Novels: Page by Page, Panel by Panel. James Bucky Carter, editor. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 2007. 164pp.

Paperback: ISBN-10: 0814103928 // ISBN-13: 978-0814103920
Library of Congress: LB1631 .B773 2007
Dewey: 428.4/0712 22  // OCLC: ocm80359872
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Publisher's Description:
As teachers, we're always looking for new ways to help our students engage with texts. James Bucky Carter and the contributors to this collection have found an effective approach: use graphic novels!
   Carter and his contributors tap into the growing popularity of graphic novels in this one-of-a-kind guidebook. Each chapter presents practical suggestions for the classroom as it pairs a graphic novel with a more traditional text or examines connections between multiple sources. Some of the pairings include:
  • The Scarlet Letter and Katherine Arnoldi’s The Amazing “True” Story of a Teenage Single Mom
  • Oliver Twist and Will Eisner’s Fagin the Jew
  • Young adult literature and Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis
  • Dante’s Inferno and an X-Men story
  • Classic fantasies (Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, and Alice in Wonderland) and Farel Dalrymple’s Pop Gun War
  • Traditional and graphic novel versions of Beowulf
These creative pairings open up a double world of possibilities—in words and images—to all kinds of learners, from reluctant readers and English language learners to gifted students and those who are critically exploring relevant social issues. A valuable appendix recommends additional graphic novels for use in middle and high school classrooms.
   Packed with great ideas for integrating graphic novels into the curriculum, this collection of creative and effective teaching strategies will help you and your students join the fun.
Grades 7–12. 

Permission Acknowledgments ... ix
Foreword - Stephen Weiner ... xi
Acknowledgments ... xiii
  1. Introduction—Carving a Niche: Graphic Novels in the English Language Arts Classroom - James Bucky Carter ... 1 [publisher's PDF - 1.5Mb]
  2. Altering English: Re-examining the Whole Class Novel and Making Room for Graphic Novels and More - Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey ... 26
  3. Showing and Telling History through Family Stories in Persepolis and Young Adult Novels - Marla Harris ... 38
  4. Are There Any Hester Prynnes in Our World Today? Pairing The Amazing “True” Story of a Teenage Single Mom with The Scarlet Letter - James Bucky Carter ... 54
  5. Visualizing Beowulf: Old English Gets Graphic - J. D. Schraffenberger ... 64
  6. L. Frank Baum, Lewis Carroll, James Barrie, and Pop Gun War: Teaching Farel Dalrymple’s Graphic Novel in the Context of Classics - Randall Clark ... 83
  7. Abandon Every Fear, Ye That Enter: The X-Men Journey through Dante’s Inferno - Don Leibold ... 100
  8. A Multimodal Approach to Addressing Antisemitism: Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist and Will Eisner’s Fagin the Jew - Allen Webb and Brandon Guisgand ... 113
  9. Using Graphic Novels, Anime, and the Internet in an Urban High School - Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher ... 132
  10. Ultimate Spider-Man and Student-Generated Classics: Using Graphic Novels and Comics to Produce Authentic Voice and Detailed, Authentic Texts - James Bucky Carter ... 145
Appendix: Additional Graphic Novels for the English Language Arts Classroom ... 157
Editor ... 161
Contributors ... 163

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