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FLEX Book Club: Graphic Novels 101

In this FLEX course, readers will dive into the world of graphic novels and learn about text features and elements of these books that will help to improve their comprehension and enjoyment of ANY graphic novel they read!
Andrea Dalland, M.Ed, MLS
27 total reviews for this teacher
4 reviews for this class
Completed by 12 learners
No live meetings
Over 5 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does a "Flex" course work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

Available Times


Tue, Dec 27

Dec 27, 2022 – Jan 6, 2023 (5 weeks)
Flexible Time
1 learner enrolled

Mon, Jan 9, 2023

Jan 9 – Feb 5, 2023 (5 weeks)
Flexible Time
2 learners enrolled

Mon, Jan 16, 2023

Jan 16 – Feb 12, 2023 (5 weeks)
Flexible Time

Mon, Feb 6, 2023

Feb 6 – Mar 10, 2023 (5 weeks)
Flexible Time

Mon, Mar 20, 2023

Mar 20 – Apr 21, 2023 (5 weeks)
Flexible Time
Don't see a time that works for you?


Class Experience

Students will learn key vocabulary and reading strategies that will help improve and deepen their understanding of stories and characters in graphic novels. 
I have taught units on graphic novel reading and writing for several years in an elementary school setting. 
Each week, students will be asked to find examples of the elements and vocabulary we learned about in the video in the graphic novels they are reading independently,  take pictures of those examples and post them to share with the rest of the class.
Learners are asked to bring a graphic novel of their choice (or more than one is even better!) as we will be hunting for examples of the elements we are learning to share with each other.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
No live meetings, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Students will use Padlet to post examples of the graphic novel elements we learn about. They will be able to access Padlet with a code shared with them and do not need to create an account. 
The following texts will be referenced in this course. Note that we will not actually read these texts in their entirety, we will be looking at small clips from them to serve as examples of the elements we are studying.
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander Illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile
Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer, Adapted by Michael Moreci, Illustrated by Stephen Gilpin
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, retold by Jacqueline Morley, Illustrated by Penko Gelen
Hazardous Tales: Raid of No Return by Nathan Hale
Friends Forever by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
The Chicago Fire: Rising from the Ashes by Kate Hannigan and Alex Graudins
Babymouse: Skater Girl by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Battle for the Atlantic: by Gary Jeffrey, illustrated by Terry Riley
Amulet: The Cloud Searchers by Kazu Kibuishi
Nancy Drew: The Haunted Dollhouse by Stefan Petrucha and Sho Murase, based on the series by Carolyn Keene
The Baby-Sitters Club: Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye by Ann M. Martin, retold by Gabriela Epstein
Big Nate: Aloha! By Lincoln Pierce
Tales of the Dead: Ancient Greece by Stewart Ross
The Titanic Disaster by Adam Stone Illustrated by Tod Smith
Helen Keller: From Darkness to Light by Megumi Sugihara, Illustrated by Naoko Takase
Guts by Raina Telgemeier
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, retold by Carl Bowen


Andrea Dalland, M.Ed, MLS
Lives in the United Kingdom
Elementary Classroom Teacher with 20 years experience
27 total reviews
53 completed classes

About Me

I love being a teacher and have wanted to be one for as long as I can remember! I now have 20 years of experience teaching grades 2, 3 and 4, and I hold two Master's degrees; one in Literacy, Curriculum and Instruction, and one in Library Science.... 
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