We have 14 years experience working as teachers. In the most recent years we have become very passionate about the graphic novel. It started when one of us needed a solution for special education students. Now we are hooked and excited to share our knowledge of the graphic novel with YOU!
My classroom is a collaborative chatty one. I use Socratic seminars, 4-corner discussions, philosophical chairs, small and large group activities, carousel activities, graphic novels, gallery walks, Vocabulary activities, comprehension questions, a multitude of activities and handouts. I also use resources from AVID that I have picked up over the years. My units are planned with engagement in mind, and my lessons are challenging and effective. Students may walk in with a silent warm-up activity one day and have a dance warm-up the next. Additionally I use one-pager, book reports, reading responses. We do several novel studies as well where we analyze a text fiction and non-fiction. I use Costa's question cues in order to maximize high level thinking or critical thinking skills. When I have a sub, I typically use a handout to keep things simple. Students will write literary analysis essays, narrative essays, expository essays, and persuasive essays each year. I choose books for inclusion such as: Ghost Boys, Dear Martin, Wicked, To Kill a Mockingbird, Patina, Ghost, Class Act, Refugee, Rebound, Crossover, The 57 Bus, Hey Kiddo, The Hate You Give, Booked, Lu, Monster, Great Gatsby, Ghosts, Persepolis, New Kid, Hamilton, What It Is, Social Emotional Learning, Anne Frank's Diary, The Called US Enemy, The Most Dangerous Game, Sunny, Long Way Down, Speak, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The House on Mango Street, Short Stories, Tell Tale Heart, The Raven, the Cask of Amontillado, The Hate You Give, Technical Theatre, Social Emotional Learning, Teaching Tolerance, Poetry Units, Poetry Slam, A Long Walk to Water, The Little Match Girl, the Pit and the Pendulum, holiday, halloween, the Bells, Substitute Plans, Non-fiction units, Marcel Proust, Team Builders, and so much more.
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We have worked as a teacher and administrator for 24 years combined. I have a credential in ELA.
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English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Specialty, Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Graphic Arts, Literature, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Close Reading