Tue. 4/17 – Sampling a Graphic Text

WRITE DOWN YOUR HOMEWORK – Select a novel for your outside reading project by Monday.  Any genre except graphic literature.  Come to extra help Wed. or Thu. if you need help.

TODAY’S GOAL IS TO read part of Anne Frank and discuss some of the graphic literature features you examined yesterday.

DO NOW – Open your notebooks to yesterday’s final thought and review what you wrote.

Reading Graphic Literature

  • Read the book just as  you would a regular English-language text…left to right, row by row, down the page.
  • For a graphic text, that means reading the speech bubbles and boxes left to right, top to bottom.
  • In the same fashion, read each panel left to right, top to bottom.
  • In places you may find irregularly-shaped panels…try to stick to the rule of reading the panels left to right that line up with each other (a tall panel is read with the panels that line up with the top of it.
  • Visually, your mind is skilled at taking in a picture all at once.  When there is a lot of detail, or an interesting arrangement of panels on the page, or a panel that has been made larger than the rest, take the time to look more closely at what the artist has created.
  • As with any book, go back if  you need to and re-read something if you feel you have gotten lost.
  • Each text is different, and your experience is for the most part controlled by the vision of the artists (writers and illustrators) who have created the text.

As we read today, we will pause a few times to consider what the artists are doing.  Write today’s heading: “4/17 – Anne Frank”

  1. Chapter 1, p. 3. Briefly skim pages 3-12.  Read some or all of the text.  What details about Otto Frank’s life stand out to you in the images?  Write down three bullet points.
  2. Chapter 2, p. 13.  The selected narrator will read all narration boxes.  The selected readers will alternate reading the speech bubbles.  Why is some of the text narrated, while characters speak other words?  Share an example to support your thinking.