Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Coraline By Neil Gaimen
There are four steps prior to answering this final blog that you will need to complete:
I. Please download the following two documents from our Drop.io site: http://drop.io/multipleliteracies#
(Note: This is the same site you will upload your graphic novel one-pager for the final class)
Document 1: The abridged version of "A Conversation with Neil Gaimen" the author of Coraline
Document 2: Coraline Discussion Questions
II. Read through the shortened interview with Neil Gaimen for background knowledge. Read through the list of discussion questions provided for the novel Coraline. This is a resource for you to use with Coraline in the classroom.
III. Browse through any of the four sites listed below to get a feel for some of the resources available to you regarding graphic novels in the classroom. The first two links are from the author and illustrator of Coraline. The final two links will get you to Will Eisner's site and another contemporary expert in the field of comics, Scott McCloud.
IV. Finally, apply the same set of questions we used in our last post (Will Eisner) to look at the graphic novel, Coraline:
(1) What surprised you?
(2) What challenged you?
(3) What frustrated you?
(4) What do you appreciate?
Bonus: What themes emerged for you in reading Coraline that would be applicable to using with students in the classroom?