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Teaching with Graphic Novels

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Teaching Graphic Novels: Practical Strategies for the Secondary ELA Classroom - Katie Monnin

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Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art - Scott McCloud

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Wham!: Teaching with Graphic Novels Across the Curriculum - William G. Brozo; Gary Moorman; Carla K. Meyer; Stergios Botzakis (Foreword by)

Graphic Novels in the Classroom


Graphic Novels

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Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey - Özge Samanci
"A humorous and moving portrayal of coming-of-age in Turkey in the turbulent 1980s. The story makes the political personal in ways that are perfectly accessible to young teens." - School Library Journal

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Child Soldier - Michel Chikwanine, Jessica Dee Humphreys; Claudia Dávila (Illustrator)
Michel Chikwanine was five when he was abducted from his school-yard in the Democratic Republic of Congo and forced to become a soldier for a brutal rebel militia. He managed to escape and find his way back to his family. After immigrating to Canada, Michel was encouraged by a teacher to share what happened to him in order to raise awareness about child soldiers around the world. Told in the first person in a graphic novel format, Michel's story is moving and unsettling. But the humanity he exhibits in the telling, along with Dávila's illustrations, which evoke rather than depict the violent elements of the story, makes the book accessible for this age group and, ultimately, reassuring and hopeful.

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American Born Chinese - Gene Luen Yang
Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture.

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The Arrival - Shaun Tan
A textless graphic novel about an immigration experience.

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Barefoot Gen - A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima - Keiji Nakazawa
This harrowing story of Hiroshima was one of the original Japanese manga series. The author's first-person experiences of Hiroshima and its aftermath is a reminder of the suffering war brings to innocent people.

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Boxers and Saints Boxed Set - Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator); Lark Pien
Parallel stories about the Boxer Rebellion. This set examines the late nineteenth-century unrest and conflict in China as Europeans arrived following the Opium Wars.

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Cairo - G. Willow Wilson; M. K. Perker (Illustrator)
A stolen hookah, a spiritual underworld and a genie on the run change the lives of five strangers forever in this modern fable set on the streets of the Middle East's largest metropolis.

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Colonial Comics: New England, 1620-1750 - Jason Rodriguez (Editor); Matt Dembicki (Contribution by)
A collection of twenty stories focusing on the colonial period from 1620 through 1750 in New England.

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Drowned City - Don Brown (2015)
Don Brown's kinetic art and as-it-happens narrative capture both the tragedy and triumph of one of the worst natural disasters in American history.

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A Game for Swallows: To Die, To Leave, To Return - Zeina Abirached (Illustrator); Edward Gauvin (Translator)
A memoir of growing up in Beirut in the 1908s during the Lebanese Civil War. A moving story of family, home, and conflict.

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Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City - Guy Delisle; Helge Dascher (Translator)
Guy Delisle expertly lays the groundwork for a cultural road map of contemporary Jerusalem.

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The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
In this beautifully illustrated graphic novel adaptation, Hosseini brings his compelling story to a new generation of readers.

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Little White Duck: A Childhood in China - Andres Vera Martinez (Illustrator); Na Liu
Na Liu’s graphic memoir chronicles her childhood in the late 1970s in Wuhan. Through eight vignettes, we learn about Da Qin’s home and school life, Lei Feng Day (honoring a selfless PRC soldier), New Year’s celebrations, and life in urban and rural China.

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March: Book One - John Lewis; Andrew Aydin; Nate Powell (Artist)
A graphic memoir about John Lewis and the Selma-Montgomery March. The first in the trilogy.

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Ms. Marvel - No Normal - Marvel Comics (Text by); Adrian Alphona (Artist); G. Willow Wilson; Jacob Wyatt (Artist)
Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. The first Pakistani-American superhero from Marvel Comics.

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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood - Marjane Satrapi
Satrapi's memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

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The Photographer - Emmanuel Guibert (Illustrator); Frederic Lemercier; Didier Lefevre; Alexis Siegel (Translator)
This graphic novel/photo-journal is a record of one reporter's arduous and dangerous journey through war-torn Afghanistan in 1986, accompanying the Doctors Without Borders.

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Pride of Baghdad - Brian K. Vaughan; Niko Henrichon (Artist); Todd Klein (Illustrator)
In the spring of 2003, a pride of lions escapes from the Baghdad Zoo during an American bombing raid. The Pride of Baghdad raises questions about the true meaning of liberation.

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The Property - Rutu Modan; Jessica Cohen (Translator)
After the death of her son, Regina Segal takes her granddaughter Mica to Warsaw, hoping to reclaim a family property lost during the Second World War.

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Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea - Guy Delisle; Helge Dascher (Translator)
In 2001, cartoonist Guy Delisle lived in the capital of North Korea for two months on a work visa for a French film company. In this remarkable graphic novel, Delisle recorded what he was able to see of the culture and lives of one of the last remaining totalitarian communist societies.

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The Shadow Hero - Gene Luen Yang & Sonny Liew
In the comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. He solved crimes and fought injustice just like the other comics characters. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity... The Green Turtle was the first Asian American superhero.

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Sita's Ramayana - Samhita Arni; Moyna Chitrakar (Illustrator); Valmiki
A 2012 USBBY Outstanding International Book; An ALA Notable Children's Book; A South Asia Book Award Honor Book

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Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History - Joel Christian Gill

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Vietnamerica: A Family's Journey - GB Tran
A memoir in graphic novel format about the author's experiences as the son of Vietnamese immigrants who fled to America during the fall of Saigon.

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Zahra's Paradise - Amir and Khalil
In the aftermath of Iran's elections of 2009, a mother, a brother, and an Internet blogger refuse to give up hope and search for Mehdi, when the young protestor vanishes into a twilight zone.

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