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I, Robot Goes Graphic - Week 1

Week 1: What Is a Graphic Novel?

Week 1:  What Is a Graphic Novel?

  • State the objective for the week:  You will become familiar with the sequential art format by reading a variety of graphic novels and identifying the common features of these novels.
  • Assess prior knowledge. Brainstorm - What comes to mind when I say graphic novel? List responses.
  • Introduce graphic novels by projecting excerpts from selected graphic novels on the Smart Board
  • Identify features that make these excerpts graphic novels. List these features on a chart and form a definition of a graphic novel.
  • Introduce the term “sequential art” (term used for an art form using a train of images drawn in sequence to tell a story)
  • Discuss features that make graphic novels appealing (Include use of color, layout of frames, print features, quality of drawing, relationship between text and drawing, quality of story)
  • Discuss value of graphic novels (content/purpose, audience)
  • Break the students into groups of 4-6.
  • Have each group select a graphic novel that they will read, analyze, and critique as a group.
  • After students have read and discussed the novel, have each group plan a brief presentation to the class:
  • Assign presentation roles as follows (for a 6 person group):
    1. Gives title, author, main characters, setting
    2. Summarizes plot
    3. Tells ending
    4. Tells why this book is considered a graphic novel
    5. Critiques - positive
    6. Critiques - negative
  • If any new features of graphic novels come up during group presentations, add them to the chart.


Assessment:

Students address the following questions in a learning log (or on paper):

  • What is a graphic novel?
  • What features do all graphic novels have in common?
  • What kind of content would you find in a graphic novel?


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