I've been working with local historical societies & primary source texts lately, drawing comics based on Civil War diaries by NH citizens.
Here are a couple in progress:
Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby -- Esp. note, Colby was so burnt out by teaching a village schoolhouse, he ends up joining the Union Army to get a "better return"!
Civil War Diary of Dr. Esther Hill Hawks -- One of the USA's first female doctors encounters sexism, racism, & the challenges of building schools in the midst of war...
I'm especially interested in how this practice supports visual literacy & Common Core standards (ELA reading & writing strands)... and how it brings the past to life for young artists.
Has anyone else been working with students in this area?
These are pretty awesome, and I am glad you shared them with us :)
As for teachers I know working in similar areas, right now I don't see many who do where I am, at least in Social Studies. I see some language arts teachers moving to using more graphic novels, which is great in my opinion, but I also see all the great potential for other content areas like you have shown here.
I bet you could get some great student work out of this.
Thanks SB -- Yes, stay tuned for guest posts from students! -- M
Stergious, if you haven't had a chance you've got to check out / review Merek's "NICARAGUA COMICS TRAVEL JOURNAL" - his work really deserves a wider audience!
Marek, these are really awesome - I can't wait to broadcast them!
Thanks for spreading the word (and image), Ryan! -- M