Reading is a Superpower! Comic Books, Graphic Novels, & Literacy

SPONSORED BY: ABDO Publishing and School Library Journal
EVENT DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET/12:00 - 1:00 PM PT
Learn about ABDO's new "Comic Book Curriculum" and "Star Wars Literacy" programs for your library's support of ELL, Special Education, and Classrooms, as well as for library events, creative writing and arts projects, and more!
This webcast will feature a report on the 10-school pilot program ABDO led with elementary students and staff in a California district, using their Marvel Age comic books and graphic novels, eBooks, and teachers guides in a weeks-long "comic con" with the kids creating their own superheroes and stories based on the books. As part of the pilot program, staff from the SELLASP (Supporting English Language Learners in After School Programs) initiative from the California Department of Education, and the National City Public Library in San Diego helped create free video training and materials designed to help educators provide the program for a range of students, from ELL through on-level English-fluent readers.
Following the report will be information on how to transfer the techniques to support creative writing and learning for your classroom teachers, book clubs, special education programs, Title I initiatives, and all the other student populations that the research shows are aided by comic books & graphic novels. Guests include ELL leaders, 501st Legion Star Wars characters, & more. Also included will be research from ABDO's "Comic Books & Literacy" compilation, Common Core and graphic novels information, a look at the amount of vocabulary that's in Marvel and Star Wars books, and related information.
Tune in and put on your superhero and superheroine masks and capes for this webcast - you'll be ready to defeat reluctant readers, provide super-strength support to your schools, and promote the greatest superpower of them all – reading.
Helen Gonzales - ´╗┐Lead Coordinator, Region 9 Technical Assistance Center
Tamarie Tigh - Writer and Trainer, ABDO Publishing
Dan Verdick - Vice President of Marketing & Communications, ABDO Publishing
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