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Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference Workshop

Here are some links for our 1 Dec. workshop at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference!




Henniker: Manga Styles

 Here are some of the discussion notes from today’s investigations of manga styles: Read the rest of this entry »

Henniker: Manga, Panel by Panel

This week, we read more from Nausicaa of the Valley of the WInd (by Hiyao Miyazaki), and Rurouni Kenshin (by Nobuhiro Watsuki).  Our discussion topics included:

  • Subjective motion (putting the reader INTO the action)
  • Advancing the story by emphasizing details of the setting
  • Character traits (via actions, reactions, and expressions)
  • Expressive cartooning
  • Silent panels
  • Panel choice as a means of story construction

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Henniker: Japanese History in Manga

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Volume I, by HIYAO MIYAZAKIThis week, the sixth graders at Henniker Community School (Henniker, NH) began their study of Japanese history and culture with an introduction to reading manga. 

We started out by looking at: Read the rest of this entry »

Comics Links Galore

Well, I haven’t been posting much lately because I’m using all my computer time to work on my presentation for the NH State Council on the Arts’ annual Arts in Education conference.  I want to give teachers a focused list of links and resources they can use to find the comics they need.

Here, for example, are some of the resources supplied by Dr. Bell at his Maus discussion group in Peterborough last week. Dr. Bell cited two main sources:

These two lists supply many more useful links, such as:

Here are some of the research-oriented links:

There are also lots of comics review sites in the list, such as:

Now, OBVIOUSLY I haven’t crawled through every single link on each of these pages… but I’m putting them out here so maybe a few of us can do some exploring.  Specifically, I’m looking for:

  • Neurological or pedagogical research about comics and literacy
  • Lists of comics deemed “appropriate” for specific age groups
  • Anything about comics “in the classroom” or in school settings

Thanks in advance! I hope these links are useful to you, too.

And thanks especially to Dr. Bell for putting all these links together!