NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

Bringing Education to You

Course Descriptions

Children’s Literature/Adv Graphic, Gr 8-12

EDUC 2000

This course will cover graphic novels (comics) and will be targeted at instructors at the high school grade level. Individuals enrolled in the program will read a wide range of graphic novels covering biographies and fantasy. The assignments will allow participants to reflect on what they learn about graphic novels, draw correlations to what they are doing in the classroom, and reflect on past experiences. Students will engage in online conversation weekly with other participants.


Throughout the course participants will:

  • Read and critique books to gain a greater knowledge of literature, draw parallels between the literature and historical events, draw from personal experience, critique and compare graphic novels in terms of quality and content.
  • Complete online assessments.
  • Engage in weekly discussions regarding the books.
  • Complete 3 graphic novels.

"I really enjoyed the discussions with the other students in this course. Some discussions were eye-opening for me."

"I was able to see the benefit of using graphic novels in my special education classroom, especially for dyslexic and ASD students."

"It's a great way to keep up-to-date with literature - excellent course."


You will be able to locate the following texts at school and public libraries, local bookstores, and online.

  • The Sculptor by Scott McCloud (978-1596435735)
  • The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (978-0375714832)
  • Death Note Black Edition Volume 1 by Tsugumi Ohba (978-1421539645)

The content in this course was designed with High School students in mind. Since this is the case, mature themes and imagery will be present in some of the Graphic Novels. Please do not register for this class if you are concerned that you will be offended.