Teaching with Comics, Graphic Novels, & Illustrated Novels
||Comics make great teaching tools. The imaginative stories combined with the illustrations and text in comic strips and graphic novels will help you engage reluctant readers and English-language learners in each lesson. This collection of resources includes activities for writing and illustrating comics; printables about famous comic strips; and teaching guides for online comics, popular children's books with cartoons, and graphic novels.
Lesson Plans: Teaching with Comics
- Galactic Hot Dogs Teaching Guide: Episodes 1-4
This online comic, published exclusively on Funbrain, features Cosmoe, Humphree, and Princess Dagger, purveyors of a hot dog business—in space! Your students will love following the exploits of these space travelers, and you'll love the educational elements this teaching guide aligns to the stories.
Comics Printables & Activities
Teaching Graphic Novels
- Poptropica Mystery of the Map Teaching Guide
Have fun across your curriculum with Poptropica: Mystery of the Map—a New York Times bestseller! This teaching guide includes vocabulary words, cross-curricular activities, and discussion questions to use with the first book in the brand-new graphic novel adventure series. Your kids will love the story! To help you with your lesson planning needs, this guide is aligned with Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Next Generation Science Standards.
- The Storm in the Barn Teacher's Guide
Use The Storm in the Barn – a graphic novel by Matt Phelan – to teach students about the Dust Bowl and life in America during the 1930s. This teacher's guide includes historical information, book discussion questions, extension activities, and a note from the author.
- Mercury Reading Guide
This printable reading guide to Hope Larson's Mercury is full of great teaching tools, including discussion questions, writing assignments, research activities, and information about the book and author.
- Zebrafish Discussion Guide
Engage students in conversations about illness, activism, community, and friendship with these discussion questions and activities for Zebrafish, a graphic novel by Peter H. Reynolds and Fablevision.
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