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Welcome to our study on Graphic Novels. In this topic we will be looking at different types of Graphic Novels and ways art and dialogue are used to convey the story. This will consist of class work on a Graphic Novel as well as individual work.

We will be reading Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer in both Graphic Novel format and book format (ebook). We will be looking at ways the illustrator has used the art and dialogue to tell the story. We will also be comparing this to the novel to find similarities and differences and how the author has used words to paint a picture.
Each week we will be reading one chapter of the GN and the book and developing our reading skills.

Students will also be responsible for reading at least three other graphic novels throughout the term and completing summary mind map activity based on what they have read.

Please complete this quick pre topic form about Graphic Novels:


What are Graphic Novels?

"Graphic Novel" is a format, not a genre. Graphic novels can be fiction, non-fiction, history, fantasy, or anything in-between.
Graphic novels are similar to comic books because they use sequential art to tell a story. Unlike comic books, graphic novels are generally stand-alone stories with more complex plots. Collections of short stories that have been previously published as individual comic books are also considered graphic novels.

Major Types of Graphic Novels

Like traditional novels there are endless ways to categorize different graphic novels. There are as many genres and sub-genres as in traditional fiction and non-fiction. The following are only a few of the most predominant categories.
Manga: The Japanese word for "comic" but in the US is used to descript Japanese style comics. Manga is read from top to bottom and right to left as this is the traditional Japanese reading pattern. Though, technically Manga refers to Japanese comics, many think Manga refers to a style rather than the country of origin.
Titles: Death Note, Full Metal Alchemist

Superhero Story: Superhero graphic novels have taken the most popular form of comics and turned what were once brief episodic adventures into epic sagas. Superhero comics are dominated by a few mainstream publishers Marvel, DC, and Darkhorse.
Titles: Batman: Dark Knight Returns, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Astrocity.

Personal Narratives ("Perzines"): are autobiographical stories written from the author's personal experiences, opinions, and observations.
Titles: Fun Home, Blankets, Lucky, The Quitter.

Non-fiction: are similar to perzine's in that they are written from the author's personal experience, but the author is generally using their own experience to touch upon a greater social issue.
Titles: Pedro and Me, Maus, Persepolis.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Each week we will be reading a chapter from the Artemis Fowl Graphic Novel together. You will also be reading the corresponding chapter from the book. We will discuss both in class time. Each week you will need to answer a number of questions about the book. This is to be presented as a Google doc, which will be shared with me in your reading folder in your Google drive. You can find the questions to answer here:
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Independent Tasks
In addition to reading Artemis Fowl as a class you will also be expected to read three other Graphic Novels. These can be from the ones on your ipad, from the collection from the National Library or from the Wellsford School or Public library. If you are after a certain GN please see me and I will do my best to locate you a copy. I strongly suggest that you go and see Mrs Grey at the Wellsford Public library and ask her to help you with finding a great GN as well. The public library has access to books from all over Auckland and will be able to order any for you if they dont have a copy themselves.

You will need to choose THREE other GN to read across the term. You will be expected to complete a Graphic Novel Summary using the Inspiration Maps App. You can click on the file below to access the template. Make sure you open this in inspiration maps. When you have completed this, please email me a copy. There is also a Mind Map Rubric (see below and open in Pages) to follow which will tell you how to present your summary. Please read this carefully as you will be marked on it. We will also be completing a summary about Artemis Fowl as a class so you should be familiar with how to complete it but if you need additional help please see me.

Your three novels are due to be emailed to me by Friday of Week 4, Week 7 and Week 10.






Check out this site which has heaps of Marvel graphic novels to read as-
http://marvelkids.marvel.com/comics