Peter Gutierrez's blog post about the "Graphica in Education Conference" inspired this week's graphic novel theme. As a high school curriculum coordinator I spend a good chunk of my job looking for resources to help teachers make their curriculum pop. So if your new to the MC POP Ning - the idea behind this "bouncing blog" is that I share 2 or 3 pop resources daily as a conversation starter for all the pop educators out there. If you have something to add to the theme/discipline of the day please add your voice and resources into the mix!
That being said, today I'm sharing some cool comics for folks teaching American History.
As always, great resources Ryan. Excited to check out the Zinn adaptation - that sounds fantastic.
I second the Malcolm X gn, it' s quite well drawn, which can be a rare thing for serious sorts of works.
The graphic biography on Malcolm X is a great one. I incorporated it into our new ninth grade English basic curriculum, into a unit with Maus vol. 1 and American Born Chinese. ABC, I know, has more fantasy elements than standard autobiography, but since our local library put it in the nonfiction section, it's fair game for the nonfiction unit. In fact, in the curriculum, I called the unit graphic nonfiction, which seems more appropriate than graphic novel.
Unfortunately, no sooner did I create this great unit for ninth grade English than I was taken off ninth grade and switched to eleventh grade English basic. Graphic nonfiction will now be taught by three teachers who haven't ever picked up a comic book. I asked for some time to train the teachers in dealing with graphic texts, but so far have been denied the inservice requests. Oh, well.
Thank you for those AWESOME resources, Ryan. I wish that I had more to add but your knowledge of this area is much greater than mine. I had a Constitutional Convention graphic narrative that I used when I taught, but I couldn't find it online. To be honest, it wasn't very interesting anyway.
The 9/11 report is fantastic. I got a chance to check it out in my World History class at TC. It really does a great job breaking down a very complex issue without sacrificing anything important.
I didn't know Zinn had a graphic retelling. I'm on it!!!