NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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Course Descriptions

Children’s Literature: Advanced Graphic Novels, 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 10 graphic novels.


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

  • Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud (978-0060976255)
  • The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (978-0375714832)
  • The Sculptor by Scott McCloud (978-1596435735)
  • Death Note Black Edition Volume 1 by Tsugumi Ohba (978-1421539645)
  • The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman (978-0679406419)
  • Monstress 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (978-1632157096)
  • Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (978-1600103841)
  • Miss Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona (978-0785190219)
  • Digger: Chapters 1 and 2 by Ursula Vernon (Webcomic) http://diggercomic.com
  • Seconds: A Graphic Novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley (978-0345529374)