Blog Posts tagged: Comics and Graphic Novels

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Comics in the Classroom Part 5: Recommended Titles

In this final post in his Comics in the Classroom series, Adam Murphy gives his top comic recommendations for 6 year olds right up to teens.

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Comics in the Classroom Part 4: How to Draw a Comic

When we ask pupils to create comics, we're asking them to apply not only writing but also drawing skills, but we shouldn't get too hung up on being able to produce artistic masterpieces. Adam Murphy explains some basic principles in this blog post, as well as highlighting the importance of not worrying too much about the aesthetics.

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Comics in the Classroom Part 3: Using Comics with Pupils

In Part 3 of his series on comics' role in learning, Adam Murphy looks at tried and tested methods of using comics in the classroom, with a particular focus on additional support needs.

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Comics in the Classroom Part 2: A Gateway to a Love of Reading

In part 2 of his Comics and Literacy series, comic writer and artist Adam Murphy talks to us about why comics are so effective at boosting the confidence of reluctant readers.

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Comics in the Classroom Part 1: Comics Inside the Brain

With a burgeoning market for comic books and increasing interest in their potential to develop literacy, it's time to take a close look at how we interact with these texts. Comic creator Adam Murphy, author of Corpse Talk and Lost Tales, is on hand to explain more in this first in a series of blog posts looking at how we read comics and their potential applications in the classroom.

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Do Graphic Novels Make Shakespeare 'Easier'?

Many of us would assume that comic book adaptations can make difficult texts, such as Shakespeare, accessible and engaging for pupils. But with so many adaptations available, how would you go about choosing the one best suited to your teaching context? This blog looks at two examples in detail and raises important questions about each. It also challenges the idea that comic books necessarily make things easier for pupils.

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Tom Gates Takeover at Hilton Primary School

At Hilton Primary in Inverness, Primary 6 classes have been taking part in a project inspired by the books and videos of Liz Pichon, author of the hugely popular Tom Gates series. Here Lesley Glasgow, class teacher at Hilton Primary, shares the brilliant activities which she ran in her classroom to celebrate the wonderful world of Tom Gates.

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Teens' Book of the Month: The Red Shoes

Teens' Book of the Month: The Red Shoes

Check out this month's book recommendation for teens: a dark and engaging retelling of Hans Christian Anderson's The Red Shoes by graphic novel duo Metaphrog.

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Children and Teen Book of the Month: Peter Pan

Children's and Teens' Book of the Month: Peter Pan

Check out this month's children's book recommendation, a beautifully illustrated graphic novel that breathes new life into the much loved tale Peter Pan.

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Reimagining Classic Books as Comics

Fancy a new take on a classic? Look no further! Read on to discover some of the best comics that have been adapted from classics...sometimes the old stories really are the best.

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