This unit will implement Common Core State Standards for English / Language Arts, Grades 9–10
. All language taken from these standards will be in quotation marks.
Students will "determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of a text" by reading and discussing a variety of comics and graphic novels.
Students will "analyze how the author's choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within and manipulate time" through classroom discussion of limitations and elements of both the graphic novel and biography genres (see
Students will "analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States" by reading works including the French graphic novelist David B.'s
and Marjane Satrapi's
Students will "write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well–chosen details, and well–structured event sequences" by writing autobiographical essays and creating autobiographical graphic novels.
Students will "produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience" by writing and drawing exercises embedded throughout the curriculum.
Students will "write routinely over extended time frames and shorter time frames for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences" through daily in–class and homework writing exercises.