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English and Literacy

This guide supports the teaching of P-12 English, and literacy as an integral element of the curriculum.

Graphic novel resources in our collection

The library has a range of resources to support the use of graphic novels in education. 

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Graphic Novel Links

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Graphic novel information and resources on the web.

About Graphic Novels

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Writers talk about graphic novels

"... a stellar story told with words and pictures that augment the story, providing insight that the text alone cannot do." - Baird & Jackson, cited in Griffith, P. E. (2010). Graphic Novels in the Secondary Classroom and School Libraries. [Article]. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 54(3), 181-189.

"...book-length works that rely at least as much on images as on text." - Every picture tells a story. (February 16, 2008). The Age. (link)

"...the sequential art format helps to facilitate learning for students with a variety of learning styles and abilities." - Gavigan, K. (2012). Sequentially SmART- Using Graphic Novels across the K-12 Curriculum. [Article]. Teacher Librarian, 39(5), 20-25.

"Not only do graphic novels entail reading in the traditional sense, they also require reading in a new way… this kind of literacy is not only new but vital in interacting with and succeeding in our multimedia world."
– Brenner, R. (2006). Graphic Novels 101: FAQ. Horn Book Magazine, 82(2), 123-125.Middle Years, 20(1), 26-36.

More about graphic novels

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Articles about graphic novels

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A selection of articles on graphic novels available via the library's journal databases.  Click on 'View Abstract' for a summary, or on the title to access the full text of the article in a new tab.  Scroll down to see more articles.

Adams, J. (1999). Of Mice and Manga: Comics and Graphic Novels in Art Education. [Article]. Journal of Art & Design Education, 18(1). View Abstract

Alverson, B. (2011). Shazam! Comic Apps! [Product Review]. 57, 38. View Abstract

Brenner, R. (2006). Graphic Novels 101: FAQ. Horn Book Magazine, 82(2), 123-125.

Bucher, K. T., & Manning, M. L. (2004). Bringing Graphic Novels into a School's Curriculum. [Article]. Clearing House, 78(2), 67-72. View Abstract

Caldwell, J. (2011). Comic panel layout: A Peircean analysis. [Article]. Studies in Comics, 2(2), 317-338. doi: 10.1386/stic.2.2.317_1. View Abstract

Campbell, E. (2007). What Is a Graphic Novel? World Literature Today, 81(2), 13-13. View Abstract

Carter, J. B. (2007). Transforming English with Graphic Novels: Moving toward Our "Optimus Prime.". [Article]. English Journal, 97(2), 49-53. View Abstract

Carter, J. B. (2009). Going Graphic. [Article]. Educational Leadership, 66(6), 68. View Abstract

Foster, J. (2011). Picture books as graphic novels and vice versa: The Australian experience. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature (Johns Hopkins University Press), 49(4), 68-75. View Abstract

Gavigan. (2012). Sequentially SmART--Using Graphic Novels across the K-12 Curriculum. [Article]. Teacher Librarian, 39(5), 20-25.

Graham, M. A. (2008). Graphic Novels as Contemporary Art? [Essay]. Art Education, 61, 10. View Abstract

Griffith, P. E. (2010). Graphic Novels in the Secondary Classroom and School Libraries. [Article]. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 54(3), 181-189. doi: 10.1598/jaal.54.3.3. View Abstract

Lawn, J. (2011). Frame by Frame: Graphic Novels for the Primary Classroom. [Article]. Practically Primary, 16(2), 27-29. View Abstract

Lawn, J. (2012). Frame By Frame: Understanding the Appeal of the Graphic Novel for the Middle Years. [Article]. Literacy Learning: The Middle Years, 20(1), 26-36. View Abstract

Lightman, S. (2010). Gabrielle Bell on Clogging and why comics make everything smooth and refined. [Article]. Studies in Comics, 1(2), 369-378. doi: 10.1386/stic.1.2.369_7. View Abstract

Mathews, S. A. (2011). Framing Preservice Teachers' Interpretations of Graphic Novels in the Social Studies Classroom. Theory and Research in Social Education, 39(3), 416-446. View Abstract

Medley, S. (2010). Discerning pictures: how we look at and understand images in comics. [Article]. Studies in Comics, 1(1), 53-70. doi: 10.1386/stic.1.1.53/1. View Abstract

Pantaleo, S. (2011). Grade 7 Students Reading Graphic Novels: 'You Need To Do a Lot of Thinking'. English in Education, 45, 113-131. View Abstract

Shanower, E. (2005). The Art of the Graphic Novel. ALAN Review, 32(2), 32.

Smetana, L., Odelson, D., Burns, H., & Grisham, D. L. (2009). Using Graphic Novels in the High School Classroom: Engaging Deaf Students With a New Genre. [Article]. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 53(3), 228-240. View Abstract

Stanley, S., & Sturm, B. W. (2008). Sequential Art Books and Beginning Readers: Can the Pictures Help Them Decode Words? Knowledge Quest, 37(2-), 50-57. View Abstract

Sullivan, E. T. (2009). The Bard's Still the Thing: Shakespeare for Young Readers. [Article]. Book Links, 18(5), 31. View Abstract

Williams, R. M.-C. (2008). Image, Text, and Story: Comics and Graphic Novels in the Classroom. [Article]. Art Education, 61(6), 13. View Abstract

Zunshine, L. (2011). What to Expect When You Pick Up a Graphic Novel. Substance: A Review of Theory & Literary Criticism, 40, 114-134.

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Graphica @ NGA

The exhibition Word Pictures is the National Gallery of Australia’s contribution to the National Year of Reading. This selection of surprising and often humorous works of art reveals the artists’ playful connections between our visual and written languages.  The exhibition is open until February 2013.