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John Seely Brown

The web has just begun to have an impact on our lives. As fascinated as we are with it today, we’re still seeing it in its early forms… My belief is that not only will the web be as fundamental to society as electrification but that it will be subject to many of the same diffusion and absorption dynamics as that earlier medium.

Graphic Novels & Manga for literacy

Graphic novels and high school English
Maintained by Maureen Bakis, this Ning community contains a wealth of resources about graphic novels including theory supporting their use in the classroom.

Classical comics: bringing classics to life
This site contains a large amount of teacher support material.  It's commercial but contains valuable articles and other teacher resources.

Online graphic novel: students' experiences and research literacy gains
Research paper by Stacey Shipwright and others. 'An online graphic novel was developed to stimulate interest and motivation, where students learn research literacy skills that are embedded in the context of the unfolding story... Results indicate that students had a very satisfactory learning experience and they made statistically significant gains in their research literacy competency scores.' 

Teaching graphic novels: promoting literacy through graphic novels
This is a publisher's blog that has some very useful graphic novel links. 

The Librarian's guide to anime and manga
Gilles Poitras is a writer on anime, manga and Japanese culture.  This clearly organised site will answer all your questions on the topic.  All those questions that librarian's get about the problematic content of anime and manga. It explains Japanese culture as depicted through this medium and provides keys for understanding.  This site translates the passion of Gilles in knowledge for teachers and librarians.
National Association of Comics Art Educators (US). Lesson plans, handouts. Free login to enter discussion.

How to read a graphic novel - Maus
Slideshare file. Not five star but could be useful in the classroom as a starter to reading the novel.

CBR: comic book resources
An incredibly rich resource about graphic novels.  This is a community of readers who have a passion to share their knowledge and enthusiasm.  It features links to blogs, reviews, video and masses of resources.

Scott McCloud
Scott McCloud's blog is a 'must read'. Since the 1980's he has been vocal in his promotion of the graphic novel medium.  He a writer of both fiction and non-fiction texts on the topic and is a renowned expert.  Author of the best selling Understanding Comics and Making Comics.

Graphic novels in libraries
Join a community through the discussion list and share ideas, issues with others also links to stacks of resources.  This site is in the process of moving but is still worth a visit.

Comics and graphic novels in schools: a bibliography
This is an extensive list of links and professional writing. It hasn't been updated for some time but is still very relevant.

Graphic novels for multiple literacies by Gretchen E Schwarz
The argument in favour of graphic novels. 'Graphic novels offer value, variety, and a new medium for literacy that acknowledges the impact of visuals. These novels appeal to young people, are useful across the curriculum, and offer diverse alternatives to traditional texts as well as other mass media.'
A graphic novel explosion. Reviews, gossip and all the news from the graphic novel industry.

Grovel: graphic novel reviews
This site has lists of writers, illustrators, reviews, series and genres making it easy to search.

No flying, no tights: a website that reviews graphic novels for teens
Specifically for teen reviews, this site provides printable lists that could be useful.

Comics worth reading
The blog on the front of this site keeps it up to date. Promoted as 'independent opinions by Johanna Draper Carlson and friends', it covers news and reviews of graphic novels, manga, comic books, and related subjects. It deals with the full range of comics so look carefully.

Maus: A Survivor's tale
Study guide to this graphic novel by Art Spiegelman.

Maus - Common reading
Extensive site for the study of the text. Study questions for each chapter, maps, themes, tips for teaching.

Maus by Art Spiegleman
Chapter questions and discussions. Lesson plan ideas.

Manga Reader
Manga is the Japanese comics with a unique story line and style. In Japan people of all ages read manga, therefore, it's not targetted specifically towards younger readers. The genre includes a broad range of subjects.  Teacher librarians need to be aware of possible adult content.  Managa is exceptionally popular with students.