6th Graders Say: I Learned that Graphic Novels…

In case you’re new here, I should probably fill you in: I love graphic novels. Like, a lot. I love the way that the creative format allows authors artists to tell their stories in such a wide variety of ways. I love the way that the artwork puts so much of the responsibility in the […]

Read More

The truth about graphic novels

Ashley FitzGerald, Johnson’s incredible instructional coach, sent me this video on why graphic novels are worthwhile reading materials for our students. Although graphic novels have been embraced in many schools worldwide, some teachers and parents still struggle to see a “comic book” as a legitimate choice for growing readers. “We are realizing more and more […]

Read More

Graphic Novels have arrived!

This has been our busiest week yet at the Johnson Elementary School Learning Leopard Library. Last Friday, our new Graphic Novel section was unveiled to the students. Although I knew that graphic novels would be popular with the students at Johnson Elementary School, I had no idea just how big of a reaction there would […]

Read More

Graphic Novel Collaboration

  The best way that I’ve found to teach graphic novels? Let the experts lead the way. Sixth grade graphic novel experts put their skills to the test last week leading a lesson on Graphic Novels to fourth grade RLA classes. In our graphic novel unit, sixth grade English teacher Mr. Passmore and I showed […]

Read More

An Easy Lesson for Kickstarting Graphic Novel Conversations

I love teaching graphic novels, especially to middle school readers. My goal with any graphic novel unit is to get readers to think about their books differently and start reading them as closely and seriously as they do their traditional novels. You can see a collection of my past work with graphic novels here. This […]

Read More

Graphic Novel Geeks Only: Create Your Own After-School Club

This article was published on Nerdy Book Club on July 27, 2019. You can read in its original format here.   If you’re a reading teacher, librarian, or parent, then you probably already know: graphic novels are all the rage. They’re fun to read, they’re deep and evocative, and they engage all kinds of readers at first glance. […]

Read More

Things that Made My Brain Explode: June 17, 2019

Articles and news stories are constantly pushing me to consider something new, broaden my perspective, or change the way I look at an issue. My husband likes to joke that my brain explodes with something new on a daily basis. These articles – and the brain explosions that result from them – are so beneficial for […]

Read More

Things that Made My Brain Explode: March 17, 2019

Articles and news stories are constantly pushing me to consider something new, broaden my perspective, or change the way I look at an issue. My husband likes to joke that my brain explodes with something new on a daily basis. These articles – and the brain explosions that result from them – are so beneficial for […]

Read More

The 2019 Challenge

January is the perfect time to start thinking about goals and resolutions.  Who do you want to be this year? What’s in your way? What can help you to get there faster? In our library community, we are always working towards becoming stronger, more confident, more joyful readers. And the only way to get better […]

Read More