Sunday, February 22, 2009


From the Editor

Lesson plans, grading papers, portfolios, resumes, job interviews: the semester is in full swing and the stress is pretty tense, but it is good. Teaching is exactly what I’d hoped it would be and the rewards are tremendous and fulfilling.

I am reading Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief as our daily read-aloud and the students are enthralled. I continue to refer back to the graphic novel adaptations of Greek mythology when we process what we read and my fourth graders are responding with interest and intrigue. On Thursday, a knot of 6 students pulled out the graphic novel about Perseus and did a picture walk. They want to know more and be able to predict what might happen. It’s exciting to see them so engaged in the process of reading.

Ah well, off to the list for the week, and it is a heavy dose of comic medicine:

  1. After the Challenger: A Story of the Space Shuttle Disaster
  2. Billy Blaster: Ice Caves of Pluto
  3. Billy Blaster: Mind Thief
  4. Cartoon Nation: Liberty
  5. Cartoon Nation: Women’s Right to Vote
  6. Digestive System with Max Axiom
  7. Dragon Frog
  8. Eek & Ack vs the Wolfman
  9. Fire in the Sky: A Tale of the Hindenburg Explosion
  10. G.I. Joe: Origins #1
  11. Jason and the Golden Fleece
  12. Marvel Adventures Avengers #33
  13. My First Graphic Novel: The End Zone
  14. My First Graphic Novel: Goalkeeper Goof
  15. Perseus and Medusa
  16. Powerful World of Energy with Max Axiom
  17. Rapunzel
  18. Recon Academy: Nuclear Distraction
  19. Recon Academy: Shadow Cell Scan
  20. Solid Truth about States of Matter with Max Axiom
  21. Three Little Pigs
  22. Tiny Titans #13
  23. Understanding Viruses with Max Axiom
  24. Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation
  25. Zinc Alloy vs Frankenstein

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You know my sixth graders just loved Percy Jackson and the introduction to mythology is perfect. We also used the Odyssey graphic novel to talk about the Heroic Journey plot device.