Graphic Novel Resource

I’ve got a few resources tucked away for the times when I’m talking about graphic novels and comics in the classroom.  I got started down this path when we were looking to license a title or two for OSAPAC.  What we did end up licensing was great.  Comic Life Deluxe and Bitstrips for Schools are available to all publically funded schools and faculties in the province.  Both titles have had a big impact on language and literacy classrooms throughout the province.

As a computer science teacher, I had to go from zero to sixty in this genre.  It meant a great deal of personal research and talking to language colleagues about what they were currently doing and what they’d like to do with graphic novels and comics.

Today, I ran into a resource that I sure could have used at the time.  It would have straight lined a great deal of my learning.  It’s a LiveBinder created and shared by Brandi Clark, Sheryl Lee, Tammy Reynolds, and Carol Wilkinson.  There’s a wealth of resources in this LiveBinder.  They’ve created tabs:

  • Introduction
  • Benefits of Graphic Novels
  • Top 10 Professional Resources
  • Building a Graphic Novel Collection
  • Classroom and Library Applications/Strategies
  • Subject Based Resources

I enjoyed working my way through this collection and picked up some great ideas for the future.  If graphic novels, manga, or comics have a place in your classroom, I’m sure that you’ll enjoy this LiveBinder.

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  1. I have used both Comic Life and BitStrips for Schools with students. They love it. I’d like to check out the LiveBinder resource. Would you please share the link?


  2. Thanks for highlighting this LiveBinder, Doug. It is a great resource (the link is: and I am especially pleased that you found it useful because it was created by 4 of my students in an Introduction to Contemporary Literacies course I taught (for the first time) at the University of Alberta this past term. This is a required course in the Teacher-Librarianship by Distance Learning program at the UofA and the major assignment was a group project that asked small groups of students to create an online presentation on a topic related to the course. This particular group of students lives all over the world (in B.C., AB., SK, and China) and they worked collaboratively on this project. The other projects are equally impressive–you can check them out on the course wiki: There were presentations on topics such as transliteracy, book clubs, effectively reading online, and more. Thanks again for highlighting my students’ work!


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