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Going Graphic
Comics at Work in the Multilingual Classroom
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Going Graphic
Comics at Work in the Multilingual Classroom

By Stephen Cary
2004, 218 pages, Paperback.
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Comics are a natural for second language development. Their unique mix of abundant, comprehension-building visuals and authentic text readily engages learners, contextualizes language, and offers a window into the culture. Yet despite their obvious advantages, comics remain unfairly branded as inappropriate classroom reading material, misunderstood and woefully underutilized. No more.

In Going Graphic teachers will find a comprehensive guide to embracing comics and effectively using them in any multilingual classroom. Building on the latest brain-based research, second language acquisition theory, and progressive literacy principles, Stephen Cary offers twenty-five proven activities for comics-based instruction in all classrooms, especially TESL/TEFL settings, and for all grade and English-proficiency levels.

These activities help non-native and native learners alike meet a broad range of content and English-language development standards...

Squeeze into your tights, adjust your cape, and prepare for some high-flying learning while Going Graphic.

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Going Graphic delivers comic relief for busy ESL teachers. Stephen Cary provides a superhero-sized selection of research-based practical activities teachers can use with second language learners at all levels, from square one to most advanced.
Yvonne and David Freeman
Authors of Dual Language Essentials

With Going Graphic, Stephen Cary has done it again, producing another exceptional resource for teachers of second language learners. But this time he focuses on a genre with great appeal to students, comic books, carefully tailoring his message to teachers' questions and concerns. He offers theoretical and research grounds for using comics, a wealth of historical and cross-cultural information on comics, and detailed descriptions of rich activities integrating comics, content, critical literacy, and social action. Who could ask for anything more?
Carol Edelsky
Arizona State University

Going Graphic entertains as much as it teaches. Stephen Cary offers all teachers effective, useful insights into language and learning that will help you turn not just second language learners but all students into readers.
Jim Burke
Author of School Smarts

Stephen Cary is a genius! This is a fabulous collection of comics-based activities with suggestions, rationales, and wonderful resources. It will be on my gift list for all my teacher friends. If you have second language learners in your classroom you will love this book!
Gloria Norton
Coauthor of A Jumpstart to Literacy

Going Graphic is a gift to ESL teachers and their students. This is the perfect book for anyone who wants to inspire rich vocabulary, discussion, and a sense of excitement in their students.
Pam Heyda
Author of The Primary Teacher's Survival Guide

Bound to be the ultimate handbook on the use of comics, cartoons, and graphic novels for teaching a second language, Going Graphic provides data to support the use of comics in the classroom, and the activity ideas to get started.
Nancy Brenner
Librarian, Sequoia Middle School, Pleasant Hill, CA

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Background on Stephen Cary

Stephen Cary, a second language learner specialist, has worked as a teacher, resource teacher, and administrator. He currently consults in schools throughout the U.S. and abroad and serves as adjunct faculty in the University of San Francisco's teacher education and international/multicultural education programs. He is the author of Working with Second Language Learners: Answers to Teachers' Top Ten Questions (2000), also from

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