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Teaching Graphic Novels to Adolescent Multilingual (and All) Learners:

Universal Design, Pedagogy, and Practice

Kristine Gritter, Xu Bian, Deborah Van Duinen, Bill Boerman-Cornell


Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: Routledge
Publish Date: December 19, 2023
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1032231106
ISBN-13: 978-1032231105


Kristine Gritter

Kristine Gritter is a Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Seattle Pacific University, USA, and has published extensively about reading instruction, selection of classroom texts, and student discourse focusing on literature.

Xu Bian

Xu Bian is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Sunny Language Academy after serving as the Assistant Professor of Chinese at Seattle Pacific University, USA, from 2016 through 2023. She uses graphic novels as cultural and reading tools in her courses.

Deborah Van Duinen

Deborah Van Duinen is the Arnold and Esther Sonneveldt Professor of Education at Hope College, USA, and has published extensively on community literacy practices.

Bill Boerman-Cornell

Bill Boerman-Cornell is a Professor of Education at Trinity Christian College, USA, and has written multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books on teaching using graphic novels.


Chapter 1: How Graphic Novels Can Be Used to Study Literature

and Social Studies Using Principles of Universal Curriculum Design

Chapter 2: Reading to Understand and Reveal Culture as a Way of Life

Chapter 3: The Complexity and Importance of Multimodal Texts

Chapter 4: Teaching Critical Literacy with Graphic Novels

Chapter 5: How Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do Might Motivate

Students to Read

Chapter 6: Scaffolding Canonical Literature with Graphic Novels

Chapter 7: Highlighting Symbolism with Graphic Novels

Chapter 8: Emphasizing Vocabulary Growth with Graphic Novels

Chapter 9: Enhancing and Academizing Student Discourse with Graphic Novels

Chapter 10: Noticing and Creating More Precise Language with Graphic Novels

Chapter 11:When Hands Are Tied: How Integrated Assignments

of Graphic Novels May Work