When Commas Meet Kryptonite

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When Commas Meet Kryptonite

Classroom Lessons from the Comic Book Project

By Michael Bitz; Jim Davis (Foreword by); James Bucky Carter (Foreword by)

Teachers College Press, Paperback, 9780807750650, 177pp.

Publication Date: April 25, 2010

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 K12 curriculum, and much more.

About the Author
Dr. Michael Bitz, EdD, is the founder of the Comic Book Project and cofounder of the Youth Music Exchange. The first recipient of the Educational Entrepreneurship Fellowship at the Mind Trust in Indianapolis, he also received the Distinguished Alumni Early Career Award from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Bitz has served on the faculty at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Ramapo College.

"Garfield" debuted on June 19, 1978, in just 41 U.S. newspapers. Today it is the most widely syndicated comic strip in the world, appearing in 2,570 newspapers, with an estimated 263 million readers in 111 countries. Garfield, the lasagna-loving fat cat, lives in Muncie, Indiana, where he is kept well fed by his creator, cartoonist Jim Davis.

James Bucky Carter is an award-winning scholar and a leader of the comics-and-education revitalization currently underway. He has published articles on comics and literacy in The ALAN Review, English Journal, Educational Leadership, ImageTexT, and Classroom Notes Plus; has written comics-related lesson plans for ReadWriteThink.org; and has written chapters on the subject for books in print or forthcoming books for Corwin Press, the Modern Language Association, NCTE, and Greenwood Press. He maintains a blog on all things sequential art and education-related: http://www.ensaneworld.blogspot.com. An experienced classroom teacher, Carter speaks to teachers across the country on how to use comics in the classroom. He is an assistant professor of English education at the University of Texas-El Paso.