So, i brought in a copy of Hamlet and a Copy of the Dark Knight(Batman) by Frank Miller...and Walah! the students made a connection between the two...has anybody here thought of using comic books to improve literacy in the classroom...?
I teach a one quarter "graphic novel" (comic) course for seniors. We use Maus I and II by Art Spiegelman, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, and parts of Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud. I am most interested in how hybrid texts (images + traditional text) can offer critical thinking engagement for students at any level because they are both inherently complicated (the text stands alone, the image stands alone, but the close study of the relationship between the two is a strange hermeneutic circle) and scaffolded (the image and the text should support the reading process of both parts individually and as a whole). I have some teaching materials that I compiled. If you want a hard copy, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send them to you.
What books would you suggest for a 12th grade English class? I want to do the Watchmen, but I'm not completely sure how to incorporate it. I would use it in the spring. Also, I've seen the Shakespeare graphic novels. How are they? Are there any good correlations to Macbeth?
I use Maus, Persepolis and Understanding Comics for 12th grade. We study genocide past and present (as well as advocacy) with Maus, Iranian culture and Iran-U.S. relations with Persepolis, and Understanding Comics acts like a textbook for the class. It becomes fairly complicated to read as McCloud dissects what we take for granted when we read comics. There is a lot of opportunity for discussion about process and metacognition.
I would love to use the Watchmen, but I don't know if I am ready to bring that to the board yet! I will think about Macbeth connections...