Graphic Novels

Graphic novels are a rich literary form. A quality graphic novel is not a substitute for traditional literature, rather, it is a unique way to experience a great story. From the reluctant to the precocious reader, anyone can enjoy and be enriched by these books.

A good graphic novel has all the elements and qualities of a traditional literary work. Therefore, it can be studied in much the same way. Our Integrated Literature and Writing Discovery Guides contain all the familiar elements: Character, Setting, Plot, Vocabulary, Comprehension, and Discussion questions. Additionally, each section includes a personal response directive that the student responds to in graphic form. This unique element encourages a whole new mode of creative and cognitive response.

The following excerpt from gives three great reasons for including graphic novels in your reading list:

  1. Graphic novels are full of text. Sure, they have drawings and illustrations and sometimes photos, but really, graphic novels have text that readers must actually decode, analyze, and comprehend.
  2. Graphic novels are engaging. Often, especially for our struggling or emerging readers, graphic novels add that extra support that kids need to help them through a text. The illustrations keep readers’ minds working, and the combination of text and pictures gets kids through stories that they may have otherwise not completely understood.
  3. Graphic novels are rich. Just like traditional novels, graphic novels have exciting and complex plots, characters, and conflicts. Plots have twists and turns. Characters are developed and are dynamic. Conflicts are presented, unwound, and resolved in the same ways that they are in other texts. The only difference is that graphic novels have graphics to support the development.

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Our Integrated Literature and Writing Discovery guides are designed to develop habits of thought and habits of work when used consistently over time. Therefore, they are not available individually, the minimum quantity is 6 titles for a year pack, or 3 titles for a semester pack.

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