I was thinking the other day about how I write my books and how I read them. The truth is I can’t do either unless I can “see” the action in my mind. Some say I have a vivid imagination. My husband says I have my ‘head in the clouds’, but the truth is, being able to daydream is a vital skill when it comes to formulating deeper understanding.
A key component of our reading instruction, then, must be to teach students to make “mind pictures” or “mind movies” as they read. The ability to do this is vital to their ability to understand what is read. Students who can’t generate pictures struggle to understand. So how do we know if our students can do this? Multiple choice tests and other forms of assessment often fail to give us a fair assessment of this important ability. Have no fear… graphic novels to the rescue!
Now hold on, I know that graphic novels can somewhat limit the skills of our students in that they “provide” the picture for the student already instead of making them generate the picture, it’s already given. However, we can’t deny the popularity of the “beasts” (my favorite name for graphic novels). So why not capitalize on their popularity to motivate your students to show you their picturing process? That was my thinking when I created this week’s Teacher Treasure Freebie.
That was my thinking when I created these Graphic Novel Templates. This package provides 23 pages of different graphic novel templates to spur on the imagination and provide evidence of visualization while reading. Just choose the one most suitable for the current reading activity and you’re all set!
I often assess my students on Content (could you picture X amount of scenes and fill in each picture with details), Accuracy ( do the details match the details presented in the story/chapter/passage) and Presentation (organization and clarity of ideas).
I have used these templates and the students love them. They get to try their hand at creating their own graphic novel pages, and I get a great assessment of how well they can “picture” while they read. I hope you find them as useful as I do. I would love your feedback.
Author of The Jewel of Peru