Let’s get ready for some graphic text!

In preparation for our book report, let's learn about a new text form – the graphic 'novel.  A graphic novel is basically "a fictional story that is in comic-strip format and presented as a book."

What are some elements of graphic novels?  How do you know when you are reading one?

-typically, in a graphic novel, the pictures are arranged on the page in sequential panels

-the words are presented in speech bubbles (for dialogue)

-the words are presented in text boxes (for narration)

-pictures and words are used to create the narrative

Here's an example page:


Notice how there are different texts boxes/bubbles for different speakers?

Check out these websites for graphic novel reviews:


Let's create a brief graphic novel page to get warmed up using BitStrips…

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