Webinar Focuses on the Use of Nonfiction Graphic Novels in the Classroom

RasingaReaderCoverDr. Meryl Jaffe, the author of CBLDF’s Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love to Read! pamphlet and our ongoing Using Graphic Novels in Education column, recently led a webinar entitled “Hitting a Home Run: Integrating Non-Fiction Graphic Novels in Your Lessons to Meet Divergent Student Needs and CCSS.” The webinar focuses on how nonfiction graphic novels can be used to meet Common Core State Standards to address visual and verbal literacy.

Capstone Publishers posted the video and included the following description of the webinar:

Bridging traditional language-arts education and 21st-century technology with Common Core Standards, Meryl Jaffe, PhD demonstrates: (1) how non-fiction graphic novels can be paired with classic and prose texts and media links to meet learning and curricular demands, promoting visual and verbal literacies; and (2) how these types of lessons not only meet CCSS, but help address different student learning styles and learning skills.

Dr. Meryl Jaffe is an instructor for Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth Online Division, a teacher mentor, and an educational consultant. She writes teacher guides for prose and graphic texts, speaks at national and international conferences, and facilitates teacher workshops on the inclusion of graphic novels in classrooms. She is the author of Using Content-Area Graphic Texts for Learning: A Guide for Middle-Level Educators.

The video of the webinar follows. Thanks to Dr. Jaffe for sharing the video with us.

Hitting a Home Run Integrating Non-Fiction Graphic Novels in Your Lessons to Meet Divergent Student Needs and CCSS from Capstone Publishers on Vimeo.

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Meryl Jaffe, PhD teaches visual literacy and critical reading at Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth OnLine Division and is the author of Raising a Reader! and Using Content-Area Graphic Texts for Learning. She used to encourage the “classics” to the exclusion comics, but with her kids’ intervention, Meryl has become an avid graphic novel fan. She now incorporates them in her work, believing that the educational process must reflect the imagination and intellectual flexibility it hopes to nurture. In this monthly feature, Meryl and CBLDF hope to empower educators and encourage an ongoing dialogue promoting kids’ right to read while utilizing the rich educational opportunities graphic novels have to offer. Please continue the dialogue with your own comments, teaching, reading, or discussion ideas at meryl.jaffe@cbldf.org and please visit Dr. Jaffe at http://www.departingthe text.blogspot.com.