Six months and 23 books later, I've managed to find a few moments to post to Comics in Education. Thanks so much for those who have been in touch in the interim, and hopefully I'll have some time to bring you some of the exciting things that are happening in the world of visual narrative.
It's always nice to start with what's being produced by young people, and to that end, here comes a brilliant sketchnote put together by Pooja Devnani, a talented young artist and thinker who's taken "The Clod and the Pebble" by William Blake and run with it.
Sketchnoting provides students with such a great opportunity to express their ideas in a way that makes sense to them. Some students simply want to write, others want to draw, and still others are far more comfortable mediating between the two. But look what happens when you zoom in for a closer look.
It's not simply in the visual beauty of the sketchnote that Pooja makes meaning, but in the minutest details, from the connections among the various ideas to the Christian iconography to the interplay between the two.
When such time and care is put into a sketchnote like this, it simply allows for a greater rumination on the part of the student on the poetry being examined.
Thinking is beautiful. Sketchnoting teaches us this.
More to come, so stay tuned...
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Dr. Glen Downey is an award-winning children's author, educator, and academic from Oakville, Ontario. He works as a children's writer for Rubicon Publishing, a reviewer for PW Comics World, an editor for the Sequart Organization, and serves as the Chair of English and Drama at The York School in Toronto.
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