Graphic Novel Genre Study


TEACH STUDENTS HOW TO READ, UNDERSTAND, AND ENJOY GRAPHIC NOVELS IN THE WAY THE AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR INTENDED. Graphic novels aren’t just glorified picture books. These are meaningful texts with rich stories. They use a combination of text and illustrations to help the reader figure out what’s going on. 

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They’re also more! There are some things that make graphic novels different from other books. They’re filled with rich language, illustrative choices, and frames that make the plot move. As well as giving a glimpse into character motivations and feelings. It’s possible that kids pick these books because they think of them as transition books. Once they figure out how the features work, it’s a transformative reading experience. 

Teach kids the history of Comic Books and Graphic Novels, how they’re similar and different, and how to read them with enjoyment.


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AFTER downloading this resource you’ll get:

a passage that teaches the history of Comic Books.

a passage that teaches the history of Graphic Novels.

⭐a passage that teaches the difference between Comic Books and Graphic Novels. 

⭐compare and contrast activities to discern the difference between comics and graphic novels.

⭐a passage that explains Graphic Novel text features. 

⭐panels for students to explain Graphic Novel text features; what they learned.

⭐persuasive writing organizers and writing template fo students to write an opinion piece about Graphic Novels as a form of literature. 

⭐Graphic Novel text features BINGO game. 

⭐Graphic Novel text feature Scavenger Hunt.

⭐Create a Bookmark

⭐Boggle game for students to create words from. 

⭐What’s your Superpower Quiz. Students answer questions to learn what their superpower is. 

⭐ Panels for students to make their own comic // graphic novel. 

⭐ Graphic Novel Relay game – students work together to write a graphic novel.


This activity addresses the following standards:


  • Recalling prior and background knowledge as context for new meaning.
  • Generating products that illustrate learning.
  • Using reflection to guide informed decisions.
  • Developing new understandings through engagement in a learning group.
  • ​​Reading widely and deeply in multiple formats and write and create for a variety of purposes.


  • Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone. 
  • Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
  • Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence. 
  • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content. 
  • Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

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