Six Ways to Use Graphic Novels in Your Classroom

Six Ways to Use Graphic Novels in Your Classroom

So you’re an educator, and you’re wondering how to harness your students’ interest in comic books and graphic novels, to use an educational tool in your classroom? Well, the good news is, you’re not the first person to ask this question. And here’s even better news:...

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Are there STEM Comics for Elementary?

Are there STEM Comics for Elementary?

As educators begin to embrace comic books, graphic novels and other aspects of pop-culture as teaching tools, we often get the question about whether any of these materials are useful for teaching STEM. The answer is YES! We’ve put together three articles, with lists...

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Review of Explorer: The Mystery Boxes

Review of Explorer: The Mystery Boxes

Review of Explorer: The Mystery Boxes Edited by Kazu Kibuishi Inside stories by: Kazu Kibuishi; Raina Telgemeier; Dave Roman; Jason caffoe; Rad sechrist; Stuart Livingston; Johane Matte; Emily Carrol Synopsis Explorer: The Mystery Boxes is a compilation of short...

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Enter The ADL Essay Contest!

Enter The ADL Essay Contest!

Are you a 7th – 12th grade student in Colorado, New Mexico or Wyoming? Would you like to win some money for your writing? Of course you would! The Mountain States Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) is thrilled to announce its 8th annual student...

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Spring Break & Summer Camps Available!

Spring Break & Summer Camps Available!

We all know how it is: the kids are out for spring or summer break, and you want to fill their time with something other than TV. Something that educates and entertains them simultaneously. Well good news, persevering parents! We have pop culture-based educational...

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Pop Culture Classroom’s Year in Review 2017

Pop Culture Classroom’s Year in Review 2017

2017 was an incredible year for everyone at Pop Culture Classroom, and we want to share some highlights of this wonderful work! For 2017, in total, we spent over 328 hours working with 982 students! We developed and ran pop-culture based workshops for diverse sites...

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Review of The Return of Zita the Spacegirl

Review of The Return of Zita the Spacegirl

Written by New York Times Bestselling Author: Ben Hatke Synopsis The Return of Zita The Spacegirl is an action-packed graphic novel that features a strong and determined female protagonist. Zita, the young heroine, has been captured and taken prisoner on a foreign...

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How Using Comics Can Improve Your Child’s Reading Skills

How Using Comics Can Improve Your Child’s Reading Skills

My name is Adam Kullberg and I’m pretty sure I have the best job in the world. I (and my teammates) get the honor of helping teachers, parents and students discover how fun it can be to increase literacy, ignite imaginations and inspire a love of learning — all using...

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How Using Comics Can Improve Your Child’s Reading Skills

5 Micro Graphic Novel Reviews to Kickstart Your 2018

By Erik Kallenborn So, I’ve been on a quest to write 365 blog reviews/reflections in 365 days. As I write this, I am on day 119, and I have not missed a day yet! If you want to follow and read along, you can find my ramblings at www.theothercomicbookteacher.com. I’m...

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How Using Comics Can Improve Your Child’s Reading Skills

How to Get Free (or Almost Free) Comics for Your Classroom

    Last Updated: 12/20/17 Eager to get started using comics and graphic novels to help your students improve reading skills, increase exposure to STEM topics, or just generally spark a love of learning across a wider range of learners? If you're like many of the...

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Introducing the EGL Mosaic Award

Introducing the EGL Mosaic Award

In our previous post we covered why we believe the time is right for the EGL Awards. In today's post we begin our ongoing series that introduces each of the awards, and gives you more background on why and how we structured them as we have. Why We Chose to Call It the...

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Announcing the 2nd Annual Educator of the Year Award

Announcing the 2nd Annual Educator of the Year Award

Pop Culture Classroom is excited to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the 2nd annual Pop Culture Educator of the Year Award! At PCC, we believe that pop culture is an incredible educational tool. The Pop Culture Educator of the Year Award is our way...

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Using Humor in the Classroom

Using Humor in the Classroom

I used to teach 7th grade English, and one of the best parts was that anything I read, watched on TV—anything—could be an artifact for the classroom. Some of these artifacts seemed more obvious—like a New York Times op-ed on the function of the word “like.” Some were...

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Introducing the EGL Mosaic Award

Introducing the Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards

Comics and graphic novels are taking a leading role in driving the circulation of libraries, and students are reading them from pre-K through higher education, in every learning environment possible. More today than ever before, readership and content accurately...

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Highlights from Pro Day at New York Comic Con 2017!

Highlights from Pro Day at New York Comic Con 2017!

By Michael Gianfrancesco @tryingteacher & Illya Kowalchuck @popclassroom New York Comic Con is probably the largest fan event that Pop Culture Classroom attends each year. It is a four-day whirlwind of superheroes, studios, and sensationalism. We often equate it...

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How Using Comics Can Improve Your Child’s Reading Skills

Colorful History in the Classroom

Recently, we reached out to our community to see how they were using “Colorful History” in the classroom. We received lots of responses about the many different ways that these comics are providing educational value. Erik Burgeson, a library media specialist at...

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Announcing Our 2017 Scary Story Design Contest Winners!

Announcing Our 2017 Scary Story Design Contest Winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2nd Annual Tattered Cover Scary Story Cover Design Contest! We were thrilled with all the creative, original and hair-raising artwork we received from students across Colorado. One winner and honorable mentions were...

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Solidarity Forever: A Review of On The Ropes

Solidarity Forever: A Review of On The Ropes

My fifth year as a teacher almost began with a strike. As the contract negotiation process between our union leaders and the administration stalled out, whispers of greed and corruption began to poison the community on both sides. For the first time, the day-to-day...

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Pop Culture Classroom at New York Comic Con

Come check out all the Pop Culture Classroom panels at New York Comic Con next weekend! We’re set up at the convention center and at the Berger Forum of the New York Public Library. What’s more, we will be presenting with authors and artists from Scholastic, First...

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Solution Squad Review

  By Hannah Jorgensen REVIEW As I read Solution Squad, I had a vivid flashback to little 5th grade Hannah sitting in a classroom learning math. I can clearly remember learning about prime numbers and factors out of the workbooks that we always had to use and...

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