Graphic Novels: Reading Critically from Texts to Images

Jennifer Ladanyi, Language Arts, Bailey Middle School

Final Unit (PDF)  Implementing Common Core Standards (PDF)


For this unit, students will be learning how to close read with the use of graphic novels and traditional text. Students will use sign post to hold them accountable for their reading assignments. Students will close read characters and recurring images in the graphic novel to determine the mood and tone of the story. Students will create a writing portfolio in order to examine monologue, interior monologue, and dialogue in the text. Students will create a life-size novel adaptation of the graphic novel and traditional novel. Standard plus students will use Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Honors students will use The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. This curriculum unit focuses on a standard plus classroom because I spend the majority of my day with standard plus students.