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William Ayers: To Teach….in comic form

May 23, 2010

Just to make sure we are reaching all possible audiences – William Ayers’ book To Teach has been brought to the graphic novel format.  Somehow, I think this could work.    Here is the posting from Reading Local Portland

William Ayers and Ryan Alexander-Tanner (Floating World Comics, @6:00pm): This graphic novel (To Teach: The Journey, In Comics) brings to life William Ayers’s bestselling memoir To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher. These illustrated stories begin with Ayers’s early days teaching kindergarten and follow this renowned educational theorist on his “voyage of discovery and surprise.” Readers meet fellow travelers from schools across the country and watch as students grow across a year and a lifetime. Dave’s Killer Bread and Ninkasi will be providing food and beverages!

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  1. May 23, 2010 5:49 pm

    There is this great comic online called Dinosaur Comics that has the same comic strip every day but changes up the content. It’s hilarious generally because it’s a T-Rex talking to a Raptor and some sort of Brontosaurus. I’m a student teacher and have a class of all ELL students and I was thinking of trying some sort of comic like that to get them to practice conversation and writing. I would love it if anyone had any ideas or strategies for that sort of lesson.

    • May 24, 2010 1:39 am

      Anyone have any good ideas? I used to have students do storyboards of books they had read. The frames would go something like this: #1 Title & Author #2 Setting #3 Protagonist #4 Antagonist #5 Other important characters #6 Conflict #7 – #9 three main events *10 Climax #11 Resolution #12 Ending This was great, because they could cartoon or use stick figures even, but I did insist on doing quality, readable work. The idea was to keep it simple.

      Another fun thing to do is to check out the 30-second Bunnies – these are a hoot, but are also good ways to summarize a movie or book. My own kids were thinking it would be very fun to summarize in this way.

  2. May 31, 2010 7:02 am

    Ooo yes, 30 Second Bunnies is a great idea. I’m a student teacher right now and I just started blogging about my experiences after I saw your blog. If you or any other current teachers ever get the chance to read, please let me know feedback on how I can improve http://talesofastudentteacher.wordpress.com/

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