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ERIC Number: EJ866767
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-1542-4715
Graphic Novels in the Classroom
Martin, Adam
Library Media Connection, v28 n2 p30-31 Oct 2009
Today many authors and artists adapt works of classic literature into a medium more "user friendly" to the increasingly visual student population. Stefan Petrucha and Kody Chamberlain's version of "Beowulf" is one example. The graphic novel captures the entire epic in arresting images and contrasts the darkness of the setting and characters with the vibrancy of the hero. Even more importantly, their work stays true to the original epic, and the narration still highlights the importance of alliteration, caesura, and kenning to Anglo-Saxon story telling. Graphic novels, or graphic literature, rely on a balance between visual imagery and written words. Beginning with comic strips and comic books (and arguably cave paintings and hieroglyphics), graphic novels have evolved into a sophisticated artistic form. Because of its rich history, this literary genre is quickly gaining acceptance as a viable and popular tool to get students enthused about reading and into school libraries. It is important that teachers recognize graphic novels' value and begin implementing their use within the classroom. Many libraries are already using graphic novels, and using them well to engage student interest and get kids into the library, but librarians need to reach out to teachers and highlight this resource. Because graphic literature could be a valuable resource to all students, and not just cliques "in the know," teachers and librarians must work together to bring these stories to the masses. Listed in this article are three broad categories to help teachers and librarians communicate their needs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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