Invigorate teaching and learning with graphic novels!

Want to try a new text? Engage reluctant readers? Promote active learning? Graphic novels might be your answer. In our new video resource, writers John and Sandra from Metaphrog discuss how graphic novels are composed, and examine the rich worlds contained within these texts. 

Educators are beginning to seize the possibilities offered by graphic novels, and it's not hard to see why. Secondary teacher Michael Stephenson, who has made extensive use of graphic novels within CFE, explains that they offer "a brilliant way to engage and motivate a wide range of learners", and "encourage teamwork, problem solving and creativity."

John Chalmers and Sandra Marrs of Metaphrog recently delivered a CPD session explaining how they conceive and compose graphic novels. You can now access videos of this session below, in which John and Sandra explain the conventions of the medium   

As well as this, John and Sandra discuss how they adapted the Edwin Morgan poem First Men on Mercury into a graphic novel, and explore The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Alan Grant and Cam Kennedy.


We highly recommend a look at Metaphrog's website to see what they have to offer. We also have a blog in our Teen section where they discuss their new book!

Michael Stephenson teaches at Inveralmond High School and was shortlisted for Teacher of the Year at the Scottish Education Awards 2011. In this document he explains further how graphic novels can be reinvigorating for teachers and motivating for pupils.

Michael also produced a series of teaching resources on graphic novels which you can find in our Teaching Resources section.

Image credit: Metaphrog