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Biography: Dr Catherine Sly has taught in NSW Department of Education high schools and has been a writer, editor and consultant for the School Libraries division of the NSW Department of Education. Her recent PhD thesis investigated graphic novels from a narratological perspective.
Abstract: Quality graphic novels can be as challenging and complex as written texts. While the predominantly visual format of graphic novels may readily capture students’ attention, guidance from teacher librarians and teachers can be invaluable in cultivating and refining the skills necessary to probe the depth and richness of these publications.
Attendees will learn how to guide students to discover this richness as well as how to identify specific techniques used by the creators of graphic novels. A close investigation of two selected graphic novels will operate as examples to provide the necessary signposts for teachers to become more confident in the reading, processing, critical analysis and evaluation of graphic novels.