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ERIC Number: EJ825516
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1094-9046
Reinventing the Book Club: Graphic Novels as Educational Heavyweights
Seyfried, Jonathan
Knowledge Quest, v36 n3 p44-48 Jan-Feb 2008
Teachers often find themselves lamenting the loss of emergent readers to video games, television, and, most recently, the TTYL (talk/type to you later) culture of text messaging and Internet social networking. Trying to impart the joy of a good read to middle school students feels like pushing religion onto the perfectly content worshipers of American Idol. As if responding to a distress call, a new type of book has come onto the scene: the graphic novel. In addition to promoting recreational reading, this revitalized genre has also turned out to be a heavyweight in the teaching of advanced themes in literature and visual literacy. The author describes the successful experience of the library at Brandeis Hillel Day School in San Francisco when it introduced a Graphic Book Group elective. Tips for selection of graphic novels are included.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California