Using graphic novels in the classroom

Want to engage reluctant readers? Appeal to a wider range of learning styles? Or simply want to try a new text?

Graphic novels may be your answer! In this series of videos, John Chalmers and Sandra Marrs from Metaphrog give an introduction to the form, as well as explaining stylistic devices. John and Sandra also explain what is involved in adapting a story or poem into graphic novel format.

Stylistic features of graphic novels
Metaphrog explaining how to adapt a poem into a graphic novel
Cover image of Jekyll and Hyde by Grant and Kennedy
Stylistic features of graphic novels Adapting a poem into graphic novel format Adapting Jekyll and Hyde

We highly recommend a look at Metaphrog's website to see what they have to offer. 

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.