SETA: Using Graphic Novels in High School


As English teachers in Surrey we have both been teaching graphic novels for years. In this session we will talk about the value of a graphic novel as a medium, and how to read and teach the format. We will also talk about our favourite text, both new and old, and how they fulfill the expectations of the BC Curriculum. Time will be given to texts that address First Peoples' perspectives, specifically, as well as texts we have found to be socially and culturally significant in today's high school classrooms.

"SETA is here to support English teachers by providing opportunities to learn and grow together. Presenters providing professional development on behalf of SETA provide insights and expertise in the English Language Arts department"

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Some aspects of the presentation may be easier to see on a screen larger than a phone. Please have a notes app, word doc, or paper and pen on hand for some short activities.


10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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  • Michelle Young

    Michelle has been teaching in the Surrey school district since 2006. For almost all of that time she has been working graphic novels into her English classes.  The graphic medium allows for so much differentiation and years of teaching Communications 11 and 12, and incorporating graphic texts into those classes, has shown her what students can accomplish when presented with alternatives to the traditional texts that were found in bookrooms over a decade ago.

    Michelle is currently teaching at Salish Secondary where she has built units in New Media 10, 11, Literary Studies 10, 11, and English Studies 12 using graphic novels. 

  • Matt Brandt

    Matt has been teaching in the Surrey School district since 2005 and is currently at Ecole Salish Secondary. He teaches both English and Socials Studies, and recently completed his MA in English, with a focus in Indigenous literature. A proud nerd, he has been using graphic novels in his class for almost 10 years. As a wider variety of authors and texts become available for classroom use, he hopes that more teachers and students will delve into this rich genre of stories in their classrooms and reading journies.