Reading and Analyzing Comics in the Classroom

Here’s a recent article from Edutopia about the benefits of including the reading and analysis of comics and graphic novels in the classroom.

“Using Graphic Novels and Comics in the Classroom” by Andrew Miller

Enjoy!

 

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Arts and UDL: Engaging Diverse Learners with Cartooning & Improv

Richard Jenkins has a new article at the Teaching Artist Journal site “ALT/Space.” The first two of six parts are now up on the TAJ site.

The article is a reflection about his teaching work in an inclusive classroom. His task  was to teach 19 ELL (English Language Learners) and 3 Special Needs students, all of whom were in the same classroom.

Richard guided the students through four art making activities; creating and illustrating fictional cartoon characters (like the one above), generating ideas and material for stories through two acting/improv activities, and a final story making activity.

It was challenging to teach such a wide range of students. Looking for ways to engage these students, he turned to UDL (Universal Design for Learning). UDL is a teacher planning tool which applies the latest brain science and differentiated instruction in order to engage students with diverse need in their learning.  This article gives a detailed description of UDL and how Richard applied it to his teaching.

Click here to read the first two parts of this six part article.