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Comic Makeovers: Examining Race, Class, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Media

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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
Lesson Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Student Interactives

Calendar Activities

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Comic Creator

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).

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 4

President Barack Obama was born today in 1961.

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

Mickey Mouse appeared in his first animated feature.

Students create a short, humorous story with at least one action character, and then use the Comic Creator to make a flipbook.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 9

The Barbie doll was unveiled in 1959.

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

Walt Disney was born in 1901.

Students describe female characters in Disney films, discuss their characteristics, and write a thesis statement about them.

 

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PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY

Professional Library  |  Journal

How Comic Books Can Change the Way Our Students See Literature: One Teacher's Perspective

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.

 

Grades   3 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Position Statement

Resolution on Promoting Media Literacy

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."

 

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