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Graphic novels as texts: “It was harder to teach than I thought.”

  • 26 May 2020
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Online via SLANSW Zoom room
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Presented by Dr Di Laycock  

A significant finding of Di’s doctoral research into secondary English teachers’ experiences with graphic novels, and one well-supported by the literature, was that participants recognised the educational value of graphic novels and were more than willing to use them in the classroom. Such willingness, however, was compromised by a lack of in-depth knowledge of the graphic novel metalanguage, which subsequently undermined participants’ confidence and their ability to delve deeply into the format with their students. These findings, in tandem with that highlighted the role of teacher librarians as “significant others” in providing support and professional learning about graphic novels, provide the rationale behind this presentation.

Using examples from Maus (Spiegelman), Persepolis (Satrapi) and The Handmaid’s Tale (Noult/Atwood), Di will highlight the nuances of the graphic novel metalanguage and, in doing so, empower attendees to lead and support the use of graphic novels as classroom texts.

While Di will be using graphic novels that are targeted at secondary teachers/students, primary teacher librarians and teachers are encouraged to attend to gain an understanding of graphic novel metalanguage and how elements of graphic novels work to create meaning.

About Di

Dr Di Laycock is Head of Information Services at The King’s School in Sydney. She also holds the position of President of the School Library Association of NSW. For many years, Di has been a passionate advocate for graphic novels in schools through presentations and publications both locally and overseas. Her doctoral research, completed in 2017, explored secondary English teachers’ experiences with graphic novels as classroom texts.


About SLANSW Online Meet-Ups

The meet-ups are currently not accredited by NESA, but qualify as Teacher Identified Professional Development (TIPD). The one-hour meet-ups will take place in SLANSW's Zoom conference room and comprise: 

  • 30-minute presentation
  • 15-minute Q&A with the presenter/s 
  • 15-minute facilitated discussion between attendees.

A maximum of 100 places are available for each meet-up, so get your registrations in ASAP.

Participation in SLANSW online meet-ups is at no cost to members.  Non-members may access the meet-ups for $35 per session.

The one-hour meet-up takes place in SLANSW's Zoom conference room. 

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