Online Comics for Course Use: The Rules

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    Age Guidelines

     

    Not all comics are appropriate for all readers. Publishers will often suggest recommended ages for their products and reviewers regularly share their opinions on suitable ages for the titles they review. This TeachOntario course is intended for K-12 educators, so to help participants use comics and graphic novels closest to the maturity level and reading abilities of the students they serve, these resources are grouped into grade ranges: primary-junior and intermediate-senior. Do not limit yourself to just your own teaching division; just remember to preview materials if you are considering texts that lean to an older audience. These groups are not permanently fixed -- in fact, discussing what age a comic is suitable for might be an excellent lesson for your students in reading, oral communication, and media literacy!

     

    Ethical Access to Comics

     

    All of the comics recommended for use in this TeachOntario course can be found on the websites of the individual creators. Use caution when accessing comics and graphic novels online from alternative sources, as the material may be pirated. We must model appropriate digital citizenship to our students. This post explains the impact of pirating on the comics industry. This blogger describes his former pirating activities and why he stopped. Investigate whether a website has legal permission to reproduce and share a creator’s work.