Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding How to read...and create...a Graphic Novel Panel - Section 3: Persepolis panel analysis


I like to make a copy of the first page of text so that students can write all over it. It allows them to annotate on a really specific level before they are required to step back and only use sticky notes or other tools.

For this first look at the book, it seemed to help students to have the opportunity to write on the text and to take note of all the different graphic novel characteristics. I won't be testing them on these elements, but I do think it is important to do a brief introduction to any genre that we are reading so that students can begin to build techniques for reading different kinds of text. Developing this conceptual understanding of how genres are defined will help them to recognize various genres in the future and, hopefully, call up some strategies for successful reading.  

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How to read...and create...a Graphic Novel Panel

Unit 1: Establishing a Classroom Culture: Reading and Writing
Lesson 2 of 6

Objective: SWBAT demonstrate their ability to analyze text for theme and style by using Persepolis as a model text similar for their own writing.

Big Idea: Reading a graphic novel is very different than reading a traditional narrative text. Understanding the various tools a writer/artist utilizes will help to create deeper comprehension of a graphic text.

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