Posts by Jesse Karp

07/18/2011

Graphic Novels in Education

Posted by Jesse Karp

Having written Graphic Novels in Your School Library based on my work as a school librarian, I’ve been thinking about ways to apply the graphic novel format to the purposes of educations for a long time now.  While many still consider its potential in this area dubious, it is not much of a stretch to bring works like Shaun Tan’s the Arrival into the classroom or school media center to explore nuances of immigration, or Gene Yang’s American Born Chinese to brew a discussion about racism and diversity, or even to use Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Civil War to ignite a complex debate about the heated topic of privacy vs. security with high school students.  There are many titles with great possibilities for direct curricular application.  But to take this route and only this route is to ignore the...

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