Graphic novels offer engaging, complex characters whose growth is essential to the narrative. Through illustration, voice, and detail, graphic novel creators synthesize art and character to construct memorable protagonists. With the resources below, students can learn about the authorial choices that enrich character development and consider how the visual form echoes the written.
Graphic novels often convey complex stories in a visual way. By exploring sequencing and plot development methods in graphic novels, students can gain understanding of these writing elements across genres. Explore the examples below for ideas!
Graphic novels contain a variety of details that, when reflected upon, aid in the development of visual literacy. Details like sound effects, frame structure, the shape of speech bubbles, and much more all act as critical elements to the telling of the story. Explore the examples and prompts below for ideas on how to keep readers engaged in the unique qualities that make graphic novels great.