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Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Comic Makeovers: Examining Race, Class, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Media
|Grades||9 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Five 50-minute sessions|
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Unit
Students take a postcolonial perspective on the portrayal of Caliban from Shakespeare's The Tempest by comparing it to a modern adaptation of the play.
Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing & Publishing Prose
The Comic Creator invites students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts (prewriting, pre- and postreading activities, response to literature, and so on).
Grades 7 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  August 4
Students are introduced to a passage by President Barack Obama in his book Dreams from My Father and are encouraged to engage in an examination of the ways they are portrayed by the media.
Grades 3 – 8 | Calendar Activity |  November 18
Students create a short, humorous story with at least one action character, and then use online tools to make a flipbook.
Grades 7 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  March 9
Students explore body image and advertising through an activity where they bring in pictures from magazines that they read and discuss gender representations in the media.
Grades 5 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  December 5
Students describe female characters in Disney films, discuss their characteristics, and write a thesis statement about them.
Grades 3 – 12 | Professional Library | Position Statement
This resolution discusses that understanding the new media and using them constructively and creatively actually requires developing a new form of literacy and new critical abilities "in reading, listening, viewing, and thinking."
Professional Library | Journal
In this article, Versaci details the many merits of using comics and graphic novels in the classroom, suggests how they can be integrated into historical and social issues units, and recommends several titles.