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Maureen Bakis
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What is your connection to education?
High School Teacher, Author
What subjects do you teach / specialize in?
High School English / Graphic Novels
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Masconomet Regional High School
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What 5 essential pop culture artifacts (CDs, DVDs, Books, Images, Toys, etc.) would you have on your desert island?
graphic novels of course!

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What is a "good" graphic novel and why should we use comics in the classroom?

I do some of my best thinking when I first wake up in the morning. This morning I woke up in Burlington, Vermont and decided that I would write something today about  comics as a medium of storytelling and about comics in education.

So here are my thoughts....

Some of my graphic novel cohorts have expressed concern about a backlash against the comics in education movement.  Coincidentally enough, I am  teaching Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics right now to my students. We…


Posted on December 4, 2011 at 8:24pm — 2 Comments

Graphic Novels and State Standards

I just finished writing an article for Diamond Bookshelf Magazine about how graphic novels meet the text complexity standards in the Common Core State Standards for ELA and Literacy. When I first wrote my graphic novel curriculum, graphic novels were not listed on the suggested texts in the 2001 Massachusetts State Standards document, but lo and behold, they…


Posted on November 11, 2011 at 7:33am

Cross Grade American Born Chinese Project

When my colleague at Masco suggested we co-teach American Born Chinese, I jumped at the opportunity. Since I challenge my students to argue whether or not ABC is appropriate for middle school readers, actually talking to eighth graders about the issues in the novel sounded like a perfect idea! We plan to use my course ning network to foster discussion between both grades, and at the end of the unit the kids will meet in person. That is a very brief overview of the project.…


Posted on November 11, 2011 at 7:30am

My Q2 Graphic Novel Project

My students are 17 years of age and older....


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Posted on November 11, 2011 at 7:28am

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At 5:18pm on January 16, 2011, Mike Gange said…
Hi Maureen, I will be in Boston a few times this year. I am writing a book on a former Bruin, and will be attending the ACME confer. in early April.
At 10:24am on July 8, 2010, Ryan Goble said…
Howdy Maureen!

Great to have you here!

Since you rock the English thing you might consider joining some of the ELA groups to stay up on resources and discussion.
Popular Music
Teach with the Moving Image
World Literature
American Literature
British Lit (sans Shakespeare)
Making Shakespeare Pop
Poets and Writers
Adolescent Literature
Graphic Novels
New Modern Languages & ELL
Digital Storytelling
and the brand new Making Drama POP! group

At the top of the group there should be an little + sign similar to the one in the Middle School group (image below) that says "+Join Group X." Easy stuff.

Good Vibes,




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