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Graphic Novels: New Literacies, New Learning

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The Australian School Library Association NSW is holding a Professional Development day 27 February at the State Library of NSW: New Literacies, New Learning. Two of the speakers are Di Laycock and Allison Lee and they will both be talking about graphic novels. Both have graphic novel collections in their school libraries and encourage the format’s use in class by their teachers. I cited their previous writing on graphic novels in my thesis. If only I didn’t live so far from Sydney.

Di Laycock, Barker College
Different texts for different times (7 – 12)
This session will encourage teachers to consider graphic novels as different texts for different times; as texts capable of bridging the disconnect between students’ lifeworlds and the classroom, and as texts worthy of facilitating the development of multiliteracies in our students. As well as providing an overview of the codes and conventions of the graphic novel format, the theory and research that support the use of graphic novels for learning and teaching will be discussed via reference to specific examples of graphic novels and practical suggestions as to their use.

Allison Lee, Emanuel School
Different texts for different times (K – 6)
Children and young adults who are constantly surrounded by visual stimuli – movies, television, electronic billboards, magazines, computers, palm pilots, video games etc – have learned to associate images with storytelling. It is therefore easy to see why graphic novels have become increasingly popular over the last 10 years or so. This presentation will explain what graphic novels are (and aren’t), provide practical examples for using graphic novels for upper primary students and discuss their value as a classroom tool.

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Written by ClareSnow

20 January 2010 at 4:19 pm

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  1. Hi Clare,

    I will send you on a completed paper when I have tidied up the reference list!

    Allison Lee

    27 February 2010 at 7:39 am

  2. Thank you. I hope the day went well and you learned lots from it as well as sharing your knowledge.


    2 March 2010 at 12:00 am

  3. Hi Clare,

    Congrats on submitting your thesis…I’ve been following your journey. I’ve also embarked on the postgrad experience and will be looking at teachers’ experiences with graphic novels as texts. Only 5 years to go (OMG). I’ve done a voicethread of the presentation I gave at New Literacies, New Learning and it, along with some of my other graphic novel resources reside at http://sites.google.com/site/bcgraphicnovels/. Enjoy your new life without the study (for a while at least). Cheers Di.

    Di Laycock

    10 March 2010 at 5:29 pm

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