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When Commas Meet Kryptonite
Classroom Lessons from the Comic Book Project

Michael Bitz
Language and Literacy Series
Pub Date: April 2010, 192 pages

Paperback: $26.95, ISBN: 0807750654
Cloth: $54, ISBN: 0807750662
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“Whether you’re an educator, a writer, illustrator, parent, or a Superman fan who got drawn in by the word “kryptonite” in the title of this book, I know you’ll find this work fascinating, relevant, and possibly life changing. Enjoy. I’ll see you in the funny pages.”
—From the Foreword by Jim Davis, creator of Garfield

“Michael Bitz is a leading scholar among those of us who study comics’ pedagogical potentials. . . . [With this book] you are in for an exciting, well-informed, and illuminating reading experience packed with examples of authentic learning.”
—From the Foreword by James Bucky Carter, University of Texas at El Paso

“I’ve had the opportunity to work with some kids coming out of the Comic Book Project and I could see firsthand the results of passion intersecting with education. The Comic Book Project changes lives. Educators in all fields should be aware of Michael Bitz's groundbreaking work.”
James Sturm, Director, The Center for Cartoon Studies

This definitive book presents the newest research linking graphic narratives and literacy learning, as well as the tools teachers will need to make comic book projects a success in their classrooms. The Comic Book Project (www.comicbookproject.org) is an internationally celebrated initiative where children plan, write, design, and publish original graphic narratives in diverse media and formats. In one accessible resource, Bitz presents a comprehensive program that is just as fun for teachers as it is for students. Teachers will learn how to incorporate socially relevant materials and instruction into daily activities, how to differentiate instruction across the K–12 curriculum, and much more. This informative, hands-on book:

  • Advances a creative approach to teaching core literacy skills, including narrative construction, spelling, publication, and assessment.
  • Includes adaptable lesson plans and examples of professionally published and student-created comics.
  • Details classroom applications and resources to help teachers launch their own comic book clubs.

Michael Bitz is the Executive Director of the Center for Educational Pathways, a nonprofit organization that establishes creative pathways to academic success for underserved youth.

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