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Course Description

What is the difference between a comic and a graphic novel? Why focus student writers' inquiry on genres that contain visual elements? In this workshop, we will engage in an exploration of comics, picture books, and graphic novels, articulating what we "notice" about these texts and playing with some of those elements in our writer's notebooks. After discussion of the inquiry process, you'll have time to develop a potential curriculum or unit as well as reflect on the process and discuss implications for our work with students. You'll leave the workshop with a sense of how to use an inquiry process to build curriculum. You'll be able to articulate some common elements found in graphic-heavy texts. And you'll have the opportunity to explore a variety of ideas about how to engage students to try some of the craft elements found within these popular, yet often undervalued, genres. Come get inspired to bring a sense of play and "healthy risk-taking" back to your classroom. Please bring writing materials (e.g., writer's notebook, lined or unlined, writing utensils, and/or a tablet or laptop) as well as a favorite comic or graphic novel.

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