Identifying and Avoiding Common Essay Problems

The first thing students need to know, as you teach them essay writing skills, is what mistakes they're most likely to make.  Only after being explicitly taught common essay writing problems will they be able to identify and avoid them.  This three-part lesson plan will guide you through the process of getting students writing, teaching … Continue reading Identifying and Avoiding Common Essay Problems

Spotlight On: Udon Entertainment Comics

UDON Entertainment publishes graphic novels based on well-known properties such as Street Fighter, Okami, Mega Man, Dark Souls, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Robotech.1 Their new line, Manga Classics, has positioned UDON as leading publishers for educational and classroom use.  Their Cheif, and founder, Erik Ko stated that his mother asked why UDON didn't make graphic novels that students could relate to, while also … Continue reading Spotlight On: Udon Entertainment Comics

Comic Books Help Our Students With Decoding

Decoding is the process of making meaning from text.  You're doing it right now.  Where some might see nonsensical shapes, you see letters - or perhaps you just see the words.  In your mind you give these shapes meaning.  Some do so by subvocalizing, while others translate the text directly into internalized meaning and understanding.  … Continue reading Comic Books Help Our Students With Decoding

Why Students Are More Willing to Read Graphic Novels

There are a number of reasons why students that scoff at black and white text while fully engaging with comics, even if the actual word counts are comparable.   This is part of and ongoing series on Comics in the Classroom.  When teachers looks to introduce Key Literacy Skills to their students, they often overlook the most … Continue reading Why Students Are More Willing to Read Graphic Novels