Things to think about: Among the many points that we have been talking about this semester is the idea that any kind of reading is good reading, though not always for the classroom. Fortunately, YA graphic novels offer both engagement and erudition at every turn. There is some great stuff out there. This week, please consider Hey Kiddo as a text worth teaching in a classroom. Take into consideration the supplementary reading for this week on using graphic novels in the classroom. And consider the ways that visual rhetoric--the ability to identify meaning in visual--is an important skill that we can help our students to learn.
In about 300 words, consider the reading from this week (Hey Kiddo, teaching the graphic novel), how can using visuals in a classroom--graphic novels, film, television, art, photos--in the ELA classroom help our students become better readers of all “texts?" Consider our test class as you respond. Respond meaningfully (roughly 100-200 words) to at least one other classmate. Try to avoid the "I totally agree" response.
This Week's Class: You are teaching a class of 30 8th graders at Whitman Middle School. Here is a class picture. The class you are teaching is majority white. There are two students who identify as African-American. Just over ½ of the class are young women. None of the students are first generation American, but a few students have grandparents who immigrated, mostly from Ireland. More likely, the majority of students have great-grandparents or great-great grandparents that came from to the US during the great migration in the late 1800s—Italy and Ireland mainly. Your classroom is well-equipped. Students have ipads for use in the classroom and all of the students have internet access at home as well as at school. You maintain a teaching website where parents can check assignments. The parents at Whitman are, more or less, invested in their children’s education and pay attention to what is going on in the classroom. You have 7 students on IEPs ranging from high-functioning spectrum to ADHD mix. Two student are on IEP for cognitive processing problems.