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Graphic Novels as Common Core-Aligned Teaching Tools

Diamond Book Distributors' Diamond Graphic Novel Common Core List helps educators and librarians identify graphic novels that meet Common Core State Standards.

The list, arranged by grade level and covering K-12, includes 97 graphic novels that educators can use as part of a Common Core-aligned curriculum.

Kuo-Yu Liang, vice president of Diamond Book Distributors' Sales and Marketing, says Diamond is a "firm believer" that graphic novels can serve as teaching tools. 

"With the Diamond Graphic Novel Common Core List, we hope to help educators and librarians get ahead of the curve of this new initiative, while enjoying some great stories and art."

One of the keys of Common Core State Standards is their emphasis on a variety of text types, explained library/education consultant Ellen Myrick, who helped create the list.

Especially effective for differentiated instruction, graphic novels "are perfect for visual learners," she added.

"Graphic novel experts and teachers suggested and selected the titles for inclusion, highlighting those titles that can be used as informational texts, those based on the literary canon, and award-winning, critically-acclaimed works."

Some of the novels included on the list are Johnny Boo Does Something from Top Shelf Productions, First in Space from Oni Press, Fractured Fables by Image Comics, and The Raven and Other Stories by Edgar Allen Poe from IDW Publishing. 

Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor
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