Writing Workshop Teaching: “Catch-up” Day

Last week, instead of teaching what I planned, I had a “catch-up” day in writing workshop. You might also call this a repertoire day. Here’s how it went: “Writers, I’ve decided that instead of teaching you something new today, I simply want to remind you of everything we’ve already learned.” There were some puzzled andContinue reading “Writing Workshop Teaching: “Catch-up” Day”

Graphic Novel Rec #14: Our Little Kitchen

Creator: Jillian Tamaki Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers Our Little Kitchen won the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8) this year so I had to check it out. This story is based on the Tamaki’s experience volunteering at a small community kitchen in Brooklyn. I found this textContinue reading “Graphic Novel Rec #14: Our Little Kitchen”

Graphic Novel Rec #13: Wynd Book One: The Flight of the Prince

Creators: James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas, & Aditya Bidikar Publisher: BOOM! Studios I love fantasy books. I love series. I love gay characters in literature. All of this means I was destined to love Wynd. The world of Wynd reminds me of The City of Ember. (The book NOT the movie!) The main characters areContinue reading “Graphic Novel Rec #13: Wynd Book One: The Flight of the Prince”

Graphic Novel Rec #12: The Sprite and the Gardener

Creators: Rii Abrego & Joe Whitt Publisher: Oni Press “And things are still just fine. More or less.” This is how Abrego & Whitt set up The Sprite and the Gardener. This book has been described as “gentle fantasy” which means a fantasy story that doesn’t involve fighting or violence of any kind. If you’veContinue reading “Graphic Novel Rec #12: The Sprite and the Gardener”

Graphic Novel Teaching: Previewing with the Lens of Genre

Previewing is a habit that helps readers set themselves up to read. Previewing allows us to come to the text with predictions of how we think the story might go or what we might learn. As we read on, we confirm or revise our predictions. Graphic novels are frequently grouped all together even though thereContinue reading “Graphic Novel Teaching: Previewing with the Lens of Genre”

Graphic Novel Teaching: Harmonizing Visual Storytelling & Art

While visiting one of my partner schools, I worked with teachers on helping writers to be more purposeful with the text they include in their graphic novels. The ideas I share in the video could be helpful for writers to think about in the planning stages (thumbnails & script) or this could be purposeful revisionContinue reading “Graphic Novel Teaching: Harmonizing Visual Storytelling & Art”

Graphic Novel Rec #11: Class Act

Creator: Jerry Craft Publisher: Quill Tree Books & Harper Alley I’m going to be honest. I held off reading Class Act. I didn’t hold off because I wasn’t interested or I didn’t think it would be good. I held off, because I knew that with the success of New Kid tons of people were goingContinue reading “Graphic Novel Rec #11: Class Act”

Mentors for Graphic Novel Writing: Arc Dogs & Broken Summer

After reading Maker Comics: Make a Comic! I checked out JP Coovert’s website to see what else he had to offer and I’m SO glad I did! I think that both Arc Dogs and Broken Summer could be incredible mentor texts for anyone taking on graphic novel writing with their students right now or evenContinue reading “Mentors for Graphic Novel Writing: Arc Dogs & Broken Summer”

Graphic Novel Rec #10: Maker Comics: Draw a Comic!

Creator: JP Coovert Publisher: First Second Comics When Andrea Bell mentioned that her next project was an installment of the Maker Comics, I realized I had never read anything from the Makers Comics series. This was something I needed to rectify immediately. I scanned over the topics included in the Makers Comics series; Fix aContinue reading “Graphic Novel Rec #10: Maker Comics: Draw a Comic!”