NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Children’s Literature/Graphic, Gr 3-8

EDUC 2000




Instructor: Duane Arnold

Grading: Letter

Monday, February 28, 2022 - Sunday, April 10, 2022

Course completion April 10, 2022

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $80

Course Description:

This course will cover graphic novels (comics) and will be targeted at instructors in grades 3 - 8. Individuals enrolled in the program will read a wide range of graphic novels covering biographies, nonfiction, and fantasy. Throughout the course, students will also study the history of comics, how they interact with the brain, and why they are so appealing to reluctant readers. 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 4 graphic novels.

Required Materials:

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

  • “Understanding Comics” by Scott McCloud ISBN (978-0060976255)
  • “Amulet” by Kazu Kibuishi ISBN (978-0439846813)
  • “Roller Girl” by Victoria Jamieson ISBN (978-0803740167)
  • “Primates” by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wick ISBN (978-1250062932)

"It is always a good idea to read more books and it was fun to collaborate with other teachers and read what they thought of the books."

"I found the content enjoyable and valuable."

"Learning more about graphic novels and bringing that information back into the classroom was valuable."

"The weekly reflection and discussion was valuable."

"I love the flexibility and being able to do assignments as I have time."

"Quick feedback from instructor each week so you know you are on the right track."

"Beneficial class for educators. The books were great!"

About The Instructor

Duane ArnoldDuane Arnold

Duane earned his BA in Elementary Education from Trinity Bible College and his MA from VCSU in Education and Library Sciences. He has worked for 4 years as a Learning Resource Strategist in Moorhead Area Public Schools at Robert Asp Elementary and has spent over 8 years in Education in Moorhead, Fargo, and West Fargo. He serves on the Star of the North Minnesota Book Award Panel.

As a librarian, his job is to connect people, especially children with books. He is passionate about this since reading for pleasure is not only the main goal of the library but also the biggest indicator of whether or not an individual will be successful in the future. While reading is one of his main focuses, it is not the only one and he constantly tries to instill skills that students will be able to take into the future. Through research projects, he teach students how to locate and evaluate information both in print and digital formats as well as cite these sources in MLA and APA formats.

In addition, he has incorporated valuable skill sets in the research products students are required to make by teaching them how to create slideshows, videos, and websites for their final projects. He is constantly collaborating with his colleagues in order to improve upon these offerings and better meet the needs of the over 800 elementary students at his school.

In addition to his work within the classroom, he also has provided library programs that include book clubs, fundraising, and Parent Involvements Events including Literacy and Math Night with frequently more than 300 individuals in attendance.

**Registration Instructions:

Online registration URL will close March 9, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m.

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