Connecting Comics to Curriculum
written by Karen W. Gavigan and Mindy Tomasevich
Although comics have been heralded as great aids to teaching for years now, many schools are still resistant. Karen W. Gavigan and Mindy Tomasevich alleviate some of that in Connecting Comics to Curriculum: Strategies for Grades 6–12.
Both Gavigan and Tomasevich put their experience in education to good use in this book, which is both jam-packed with useful resources and presented in a casual, friendly tone. A lot of ground is covered, from simply getting started using comics to having the classroom create their own comic to using science-based graphic novels. Manga is also covered extensively, a chapter that will be a big help to many teachers.
The book is most impressive in its coverage of lesson plans and suggested titles. The latter, in particular, is fun to look through. It gives an amazingly broad sense of how useful comics can be in the classroom, and how many genres are covered in this wide-reaching format.