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The POWer of Graphic Novels Featuring Matt Phelan

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KSLA Delaware Valley presents: The POWer of Graphic Novels: A 3- Part Virtual Event for Educators November 5, 12 & 19, 2020

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Graphic novels have the power to entice, entertain, and educate. Teachers are finding ways to harness this power for effective literacy instruction at all levels. These three stand-alone virtual workshops aim to provide participants with insights to the value of this unique literary format and offer practical instructional strategies for developing visual literacy and essential reading skills which are transferable to traditional texts across disciplines. Act 48 Credits available to KSLA members.

Graphic Novels: Thinking in Pictures

Matt Phelan, Author/Illustrator

Thursday, November 5, 2020 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

The graphic novel is a medium. It is not a genre. It is simply a way of telling a story using a combination of images, words, and panels. Matt Phelan will discuss his method for creating graphic novels and what makes this particular form of storytelling so captivating for readers and creators alike.

Bio: Matt Phelan is the author/illustrator of the graphic novels The Storm in the Barn, Around the World, Bluffton, and the New York Times Bestselling Snow White. He has received the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction (The Storm in the Barn), the Carolyn Field Award (Around the World and Snow White) and the Jefferson Cup (Bluffton). Matt has been nominated for five Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, including best writer/artist and best new graphic album for Bluffton.

Teaching Graphic Novels to Teens

Michelle Friedman

Thursday, November 12, 2020 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Transcending its origins in pulp fantasy and adolescent entertainment, the graphic novel has become a popular and accomplished literary form taught in elementary school through college level courses. In this one-hour session, Michelle Friedman, Upper School teacher at Germantown Academy will talk about how and why using graphic novels in grades 8-12 offers a valuable approach to teaching literature. In particular, she will discuss how these narratives encourage the exploration of both traditional literary themes and contemporary social issues, while also providing an effective way to teach critical reading and writing skills – along with visual literacy– to readers of all levels.

Empowering Young Readers With Graphic Novels

Charlotte Dean

Thursday, November 19, 2020 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Teachers can capitalize on the popularity and accessibility of graphic novels to get their students to pick up a book but may wonder if the students are actually reading. Charlotte Dean, teacher in the Lower School at Germantown Academy, will share a systematic way of empowering elementary and middle school students with strategies for reading and synthesizing the images and text of books written in the graphic novel format. These versatile lesson ideas can be used with both in-person and distance learning.

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