Presenting Graphic Novels

Way back in September, a group of 2nd grade students began exploring graphic novels in their spectrum class.  Their journey started in the media center with an overview of the elements of a graphic novel and how to read a graphic novel.  The students then spent several weeks reading graphic novels and writing reviews.  During this time, students also heard from cartoon experts such as Chuck Cunningham.

Next, students typed their graphic novel reviews, recorded them in audacity, uploaded them to our online catalog, and posted their reviews as blogs on our student book blog.

Simultaneously, these students worked with their spectrum teachers to write and create their own graphic novels.  They used rubrics and checklists to ensure that their graphic novels contained the elements of published graphic novels.

Today, students held a showcase in our media center to share their graphic novels with teachers and classes of students.  As visitors sat down at tables, the students read their graphic novels and talked about the process that they’ve gone through over the past few months.  The media center was buzzing with noise.  What a joy to hear the noise of student work being validated and showcased in such a public space!  Bravo to these students for their hard work.

View a video of the event here.

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