Monday, March 30, 2009

February 9, 2009 "Video Generation"

On Feb. 9, 2009 Louann Reid came and spoke about the “Video Generation Meets Print: Helping All Reader’s Succeed”. Louann started by giving background information on today’s generation that we will be teaching.

Who is the Video Generation?

  • Born 1982-1994
  • Called Millenials

College Students today have more access to technology

  • 97% have a computer
  • 60% have some sort of portable music

Teaching for Multi-literacies

  • Use graphic organizers
  • Use multi-model texts along with more traditional tests

Graphic Novels are Motivating.
More reading means that there is more time with text which helps with student comprehension.

Louann then proceeded to show us two different graphic novels that were based on Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis. We did a focalization activity where we discussed the different types of word bubbles/narration and how that changes the story; we answered the questions “who sees? Who speaks?”

She showed us some famous graphic novel titles such as Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang, Maus by Art Spiegelman, and many others. Louann also answered any questions that we may have had about incorporating graphic novels into the classroom.

If you all have any questions about graphic novels and how to use them in your classroom, feel free to e-mail Louann Reid with questions at

No comments: