If you attended my program, "Using Graphic Novels in the Younger Grades," at the 2008 Texas Library Association Conference on Wed., April 16, 2008 (or even if you didn't, but just want to prove to your administrators that you didn't goof off the whole time you were in Dallas), here are some links from my talk:
"Graphic Novels 101: FAQ" By Robin Brenner (From the March/April 2006 issue of The Horn Book Magazine) This lays out the basics of some terminology, as well as some myths about graphic novels/comics.
"Graphic Novels 101: Reading Lessons (PDF)" By Hollis Margaret Rudiger (From the March/April 2006 issue of The Horn Book Magazine) This PDF walks you through several nearly wordless comic-book pages to describe some aspects of the visual language (pacing, camera angles, which panel to read in which order, etc.) of comics.
Toon Books Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly's (Maus and Little Lit) new kids' graphic novel imprint
Maryland Comic Book Initiative: Background
Maryland Comic Book Initiative: Sample Lesson Plans Two PDFs of sample lesson plans: one on reading comics, and one on creating comics
Diamond Comics Bookshelf The world's biggest comics distributor, Diamond, also has some excellent educational resources at their "Bookshelf" site, including basic definitions of comics terms, recommended reading lists, and links to many lesson plans.
Owly Lesson Plans Owly creator Andy Runton has created his own lesson plans for the popular series.
ComicsintheClassroom.net A truly impressive number of reviews of comics/graphic novels, plus links to even more lesson plans and articles about teaching with graphic novels
School Library Journal: "Graphic Novels Rule! The Latest and Greatest for Young Kids" By Michele Gorman (3/1/2008) I hope that all of you are signed up to School Library Journal's e-mail list, because they have regular coverage of comics and graphic novels, like this recent list of recommended titles.
School Library Journal: Overview of H.W. Wilson's Graphic Novels Core Collection Wilson's Graphic Novels Core Collection is a database for librarians that lists information about more than "2,000 recommended titles with descriptions, annotations, and cover art for some of the most popular graphic novels published. Through the WilsonWeb interface, subscribers can search the database by author, title, subject, genre, and grade level.... Annotations provide users with a brief description of the content, review excerpts, and any awards that the title has won. Ratings by age appropriateness within the entry are strictly applied..."
No Flying No Tights: Sidekicks Reviews of graphic novels for the pre-teen crowd
Flummery.com Many lesson plans and handouts
... and that's all for now! I'll see about posting my PowerPoint presentation in the near future; it may be too large to do so practically.
UPDATE: I've posted my PowerPoint presentation on-line (though some of it may seem a bit spare without the accompanying commentary). You can download it here:
UPDATE (07/21/2008): I'm adding the lesson plans that accompany the Children's Museum of Indianapolis exhibit, Comic Book Heroes. Download the PDF of the lesson plans here.