Thursday, August 24, 2017

Some New Graphic Novel Resources from Play Like a Pirate!

 Edutopia Graphic Novels
At the national ASCD conference last spring, I had the good fortune to meet an Edutopia editor. She was in my graphic novels session and asked if I'd be interested in writing for them. And of course I am. So my first article, Powerful Graphic Novels for Middle School, was published today. I'm proud of it. But not quite arrogant. Give me time. If you're interested, check it out -- many of them are ones I recommend in my conference sessions and workshops. I look forward to writing more for Edutopia, we've already discussed doing some things on student engagement and social studies, in addition to graphic novels and comics. I'm excited.

 School Comics

The other new resource I've got for graphic novels is a new Instagram account, School Comics. The goal with School Comics is simply to give a quick synopsis, star rating, and thumbs up/thumbs down for graphic novels and comics. Some of them have a suggested lesson plan, but most of them are just a straightforward review, what grades I'd recommend them for, etc. It's a mix of nonfiction and fiction, and so far it's been a lot of fun. If you're the Instagrammy sort, be sure to check it out.

Hopefully your school year is starting out great -- those human children need us!

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