WonderCon lives on! Due to the necessary cancellation of large gatherings, WonderCon is sharing recordings of panels online. An amazing group of educators got together to record a panel on analyzing graphic texts with students -- this is one of the best panels I've ever been a part of! Each teacher walks you through how they use and analyze comics with students, covering all levels from kindergarten through high school and beyond.
I will link to the video here as soon as it is up!
You Have to Read the Pictures, Too: Visual Literacy and Analyzing Graphic Texts with Students
In this crash course in text analysis for graphic novels, educators demonstrate techniques and tools for building students' critical literacy skills with graphic texts at all grade levels. Join us as we demonstrate how to lead students in analyzing the elements of comics and the unique combination of art and text, share resources, and discuss challenges. We share tips, activities, and vocabulary you can use with your students tomorrow!
Panelists: Laurence Tan (LAUSD and Teaching Tolerance Teacher of the Year), Derek Heid (high school English Language Arts, TVUSD), Shveta Miller (Literacy Specialist and Author), Jennifer Naumann (7th Grade ELA), Tracy Edmunds (Graphic Novels Are Elementary!), and moderator Betsy Gomez (Banned Books Week)
Moderator Betsy Gomez's slides from this panel, including many links to resources
Tracy Edmunds' slides on analyzing not-so-simple Hello Kitty comics
Laurence Tan's slides on an ethnic studies approach to critical media literacy using comics
Jennifer Naumann's resource on analyzing splash pages
Shveta Miller's slides on analyzing panels from Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis
Derek Heid's slides on analyzing Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon
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Tracy Edmunds is an educational consultant specializing in curriculum development, project and online management, editing, and writing.