By Chris Wilson
Dr. Katie Monnin’s TEACHING GRAPHIC NOVELS is a superhero among textbooks for middle and high school teachers. Pedagogy, philosophy, research, practical strategies, lesson plans, graphic organizers, and most importantly a down-and-dirty explanation of the elements of comic literature are crammed into a 236 page, easy-to-read guide. You don’t have to read every page to get what you need to begin.
Monnin does what is necessary for practicing teachers: Tell us what we need to know quickly, give us reproducible tools to make it work effectively, attach it to national standards, organize the information well, and keep it simple.
Any ELA teacher who wants to introduce comics but is scared to death to do it need only grab Monnin’s text. By the end of the month, you will be ready to introduce your first graphic novel into your classroom. It’s that simple. Looking to teach middle school kids? Turn to that chapter. High school? There’s a chapter for that. Fiction, nonfiction, English Language Learners, media literacy –– it’s all there with explanations, graphic organizers and suggested titles.
If I were to recommend a single comic how-to textbook for secondary teachers to begin with, TEACHING GRAPHIC NOVELS would be it, hands down.
Author: Katie Monnin
Publisher: Maupin House Publishing