Getting children to read can sometimes be a struggle, but with the right kind of motivation children will pour through different books soaking up every tidbit of information that they encounter. Fortunately, not only can a subject matter make something more interesting for children, but the format of the information can make a reading experience engaging for children. Graphic novels are the perfect way to mix up your class reading lists. Your students will forget they’re even doing school work as they pour through hundreds of new historical graphic novels this school year.
March is a graphical memoir of sorts, which recounts the events of Congressman John Lewis and his participation as a freedom rider and an activist in the 1965 Selma-Montgomery March. Lewis shares stories about his upbringing in the Jim Crow south and his origins as a nonviolent protestor inspired by the teachings of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. John Lewis has also just recently published March: Book II, which takes place after the success of the Nashville sit-in movement as he and his fellow Freedom Riders ride into the deep South faced with beatings, police brutality, imprisonment, arson, and murder.
The 9/11 Report is a graphic adaptation of the 9/11 Commission Report of the events surrounding the September 11th terrorist attack and the collapse of New York City’s twin towers. The graphic adaptation stays true to the original report which identifies intelligence failures occurring before the attacks as well as airport security footage of the hijackers as they passed through airport security, excerpts from the United Airlines Flight 93 cockpit voice recording with the voices of the hijackers in the cockpit and the passengers’ attempts to regain control, and eyewitness testimony of passengers as they described their own final moments to family members and authorities on airphones and cellphones from the cabins of doomed airliners.