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Teacher Resources by Grade
|1st - 2nd||3rd - 4th|
|5th - 6th||7th - 8th|
|9th - 10th||11th - 12th|
Twenty-First Century Informational Literacy: Integrating Research Techniques and Technology
|Grades||6 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Unit|
|Estimated Time||Seven 60-minute sessions|
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students analyze characterization by creating their own superheroes or super-villains,
complete with related gadgets and settings.
Grades 7 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
After researching alternative sources of energy, students create online comic books to present their information.
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students get the big picture of the Middle East when they read and analyze Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel Persepolis.
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan
Surf’s up! Students will make a splash in this lesson when they learn how to effectively surf the Internet for specific information.
Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
The Essay Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for an informational, definitional, or descriptive essay.
Grades 9 – 12 | Professional Library | Journal
Particularly for English-language learners, graphic novels can be used in the secondary classroom as part of a multiliteracies approach.
Grades 7 – 12 | Professional Library | Book
This collection of essays by classroom teachers demonstrates how to pair graphic novels with classic literature (including both canonical and YA lit).
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.
ACTIVITIES & PROJECTS
Grades 6 – 8 | Activity & Project
Instead of creating traditional book reports or writing summaries, get “graphic” by creating a comic book or cartoon adaptation of the major scenes from the books.
Grades 6 – 12 | Podcast Episode
Tune in to hear some background about graphic novels as well as specific recommendations of fantasy epics, memoirs, biographies, and adventure thriller stories, all presented in the form of a graphic novel.