Thank you to everyone who came out for the Comic Conference for Educators and Librarians in San Diego. I hope you found the panels helpful!
I mentioned during the panels that I would post an extra resource here. Below is my slide giving an overview of the educational strengths of the comics medium. I will add it as a PDF in my Resources section. You can find my list of research and an article detailing this information there as well. I hope this information is useful!
At SDCC, I was privileged to moderate a great panel on teaching fables, myths, and other tales through graphic novels. The panelists were:
–Alexis Fajardo (Kid Beowulf)
–Jenni Holm (Babymouse)
–Erin Hill (language arts teacher, Ramona High School)
–Cori McDonald (librarian, Ramona High School)
–Talia Hurwich (comics educator, researcher and writer)
Below you will find the slides shown during the panel and an audio recording. Thanks to Lex Fajardo for the recording!
I'm happy to be heading back to San Diego Comic-Con this year. Did you know that educators and librarians can attend panels at the Downtown Library for free? Sign up for the Comic Conference for Educators and Librarians and you can attend three days of panels without a con badge. Thursday panels are for librarians, Friday panels are put on by publishers, and Saturday panels are for educators.
And there's an educator and librarian mixer on Thursday evening that looks like fun. Free registration here.
I'll be on two panels Saturday:
3:00 pm, Teaching Fables and Myths with Graphic Novels—Bring fairy tales, fables, folktales, legends, and myths into your classroom using graphic novel adaptations that bring these tales to life. Panelists will discuss how creators' imaginative retellings build depth and complexity in the interplay between text and image and how these stories can be successfully taught in the classroom. Featuring creators Jenni Holm (Babymouse) and Alexis Fajardo (Kid Beowulf), educators Erin Hill (language arts teacher, Ramona High School) and Cori McDonald (librarian, Ramona High School), moderator Tracy Edmunds (Graphic Novels Are Elementary), and surprise panelists.
5:00 pm, Teaching Graphic Novels Across the Curriculum—Dr. Katie Monnin (education director, Pop Culture Classroom), Tracy Edmunds, M.A., Ed. (Graphic Novels Are Elementary), Erin Hill (language arts teacher, Ramona High School), Derek Heid (English/drama teacher, Temecula Valley High School), Scott Westerfeld (Spill Zone, Impostors), and Aron Steinke (Mr. Wolf's Class) explore a number of approaches and blended models for comics in the classroom by connecting these texts and lessons across subject matter areas (math/science/history/English/business, etc.). Pulling input from both educators and creators, the panel will discuss which titles work well across curricular lines, how educators can collaborate to make them effective learning and teaching tools, and how creators can tailor their works to find audiences that span multiple areas of interest for readers. Moderated by Adam Kullberg (education program manager, Pop Culture Classroom).
You can register for the free San Diego Comic-Con library panels here. Hope to see you there!
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Tracy Edmunds is a teacher and educational consultant specializing in curriculum development, editing, and writing, focusing on the areas of comics and science.