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USING COMICS TO PROMOTE LITERACY IN THE CLASSROOM

Links to most of the sites you’ll need to develop engaging lesson plans, get creative with comics and research the books and their authors.

Have fun, get creative...
"Nothing compares to the feeling I get when I help a student discover the magic of reading. My experiences have taught me that it is never too late to turn a non-reader into a reader--IT JUST TAKES THE RIGHT BOOK!

This website is devoted to helping teachers find fun and innovative ways to connect kids to all types of literature and to provide support for teachers willing to "teach outside the box".
Daria Plumb

Using Graphic Novels, Anime, and the Internet in an Urban High School
A paper by Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher

"We began to see more evidence of complex sentences and multiple ideas in students’ work."

Graphic Novels across the curriculum
A paper by Dr Mel Gibson for LTS Scotland

"...it is possible to build comic collections that offer challenges to the good reader and support to the less enthusiastic. In many ways, this is the key strength of the graphic novel, or comic book, in a school or library setting. As such, they offer a huge range of resources to the teacher or librarian. They can simply be added to classroom or school library collections as a way of broadening what is offered for leisure reading, but specific titles can also be used to support specific areas within the curriculum."

The Graphic Classroom

The Graphic Classroom is a resource for teachers and librarians to help them stock high quality, educational-worthy, graphic novels and comics in their classroom or school library. I read and review every graphic novel or comic on this blog and give it a rating as to appropriateness for the classroom.

Using Comics and Graphic Novels in the Classroom
The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

Educators also see the educational potential of comics and graphic novels. They can help with building complex reading skills, according to Shelley Hong Xu, associate professor in the department of teacher education at California State University, Long Beach. She says that graphic novels and comics should have a classroom role similar to other children’s literature.

EDUCATION, LIBRARIES AND BOOK REVIEW SITES:-

NATE (UK)
National Association for the Teaching of English

A national voice on key issues affecting English teaching. NATE is also an active member of the International Federation of the Teachers of English where it seeks to share the experience of English teachers in the UK and learn from teachers in diverse parts of the world.

NCTE (USA)
The National Council of Teachers of English

Since 1911, NCTE has worked to advance teaching, research, and student achievement in English language arts at all scholastic levels. Follow the links and explore many of the programs, services, positions, and structures that the Council has established in pursuit of its ambitious mission.

UKLA
United Kingdom Literacy Association

The United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) is a registered charity, which has as its sole object the advancement of education in literacy. UKLA is concerned with literacy education in school and out-of-school settings in all phases of education and members include classroom teachers, teaching assistants, school literacy co-ordinators, LEA literacy consultants, teacher educators, researchers, inspectors, advisors, publishers and librarians.

Write Away

Runs workshops and training days for teachers, librarians, parent groups and family literacy groups. Specialising in reader development, creative writing, drama and cross-arts education, they can tailor bespoke sessions to meet the interests and requirements of individual groups and organisations.

School Libraries Association (UK)

"We believe that every pupil is entitled to effective school library provision. The SLA is committed to supporting everyone involved with school libraries, promoting high quality reading and learning opportunities for all."

School Library Journal (USA)

School Library Journal is the earth's biggest review source for books, multimedia and technology for children and teens --- along with news, features, and more.

Graphic novels – resources for teachers and librarians

The web site is designed to introduce librarians (as well as teachers and parents) to the rich, diverse offerings from today's comics book publishers, and to encourage the acquisition of graphic novels in libraries serving young adults.

Pixton

Create your own comics! No drawing necessary - simply click and drag

Share and remix with friends around the world.

Pikistrips

Create your own comic with photos and drawings.

Makebeliefscomix.com

Create comics in one of 7 languages!!

The Cybils

The premier web awards for kidlit. Books reviewed by our panel, all sorts of books, for everyone. Includes a graphic novel section.

Teensreadtoo

News, reviews, ‘Ask the Librarian’, blogs, features and award winning books.

Two teachers. Who read. A lot.

A bundle of up to date book reviews and news.

Making comics and graphic novels

Create your own comic strip –easy and fun

READ WRITE THINK

Step by step comic creation site

AUTHORS

SHAKESPEARE

Shakespeare Magazine
Teachers, students or simply enthusiasts, everything you need is here.

RSC LEARNING
The RSC website.

SHAKESPEARE GEEK
There are more Shakespeare references in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy…comments, links, resources.

The Bard Blog
Entertaining, amusing and quirky site.

The Shakespeare Post

The Shakespeare Post is a daily web publication that brings you the latest news on the performance and study of the works of William Shakespeare, his contemporaries and the times in which they lived. The Post combines original reporting with the most relevant news from the Internet. The goal is to be the most complete, accessible and up-to-date source of Shakespeare news available on the web.

H G WELLS

The Literature Network
Biography and further links

Fantastic Fiction
Brief biography, extensive bibliography.

War of the worlds
Biography

Free online e-books
Includes 11 HG Wells novels

ALEXANDRE DUMAS (Dumas père)

Alexandre Dumas (sr.) (1802-1870)
Biography and bibliography

Everything you need to know about….
A website devoted to the author of such famous novels as The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte-Cristo. Includes an excellent chronology, and an illustrated family tree.

Alexandre Dumas père
A complete source of information about Alexandre Dumas père, including a complete bibliography, biography, and picture gallery. Français et anglais.

VICTOR HUGO

The author, his life and works
Biographical and bibliographical information on the author.

Guernsey’s official Victor Hugo site
Victor Hugo left France in 1851 for an exile that would last 19 years. Following a short period of time in Jersey Victor Hugo, came to Guernsey and was instantly captivated by the island.

Victor Hugo Online
This website is dedicated to the life and works of Victor Marie Hugo and the many adaptations by his admirers over a 100 year period of time. This is a collaborative effort which has many contributors.

JULES VERNE

Jules Verne website
Biography and bibliography

Online literature – Jules Verne
The author, his life, his works, and an online searchable collection of works.

MARY SHELLEY

A Biographical sketch of Mary Shelley

The origin of a myth – Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Chronology of the 18th and 19 Centuries including references to the Shelleys, their family and friends.

A list of Frankenstein films.

DICKENS

Charles Dickens – Gad’s Hill Place
His life, works, family, career and friends

Dickens
His works, life and times.

About Charles Dickens
His works online, resources, timeline.

A Dickens Chronology
Excellent, comprehensive site.

The Victorian Web
His works, social history, political history, images, themes…….and more.

Life in Victorian England
Inventions, clothes, houses, toys, schools and society.

COMIC AND GRAPHIC NOVEL SITES
Down the tubes
British Comics News, Features, and more…..

No flying, no tights………
Graphic Novel Review Site for Teens
"From my subjective point of view, comics represent something between traditional art, screenplays, and films -- they're visual like art and film, but they are full of dialogue and short description like screenplays."
Covers everything from superheroes to historical novels via Manga and cartoons.

Comicsworthreading
News and reviews of graphic novels, manga, comic books, and related subjects

Comicreaders.com
Features, reviews and regular columns.

Comicbitsonline
Comic interviews, reviews and news

Comicshopvoice
Articles, reviews, news, events, links to films etc

Grovel
Graphic novel news and reviews
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