The Diamond Graphic Novel Common Core List
To help educators and librarians select materials to fit into their Common Core Standards curricula, Diamond Book Distributors have created the Diamond Graphic Novel Common Core List.
Arranged by grade level, the Diamond Graphic Novel Common Core List offers 118 graphic novels from our publishers that will fit into a Common Core curriculum, along with resources including Library Classifications, Subject Headings, and Core Standards which apply to each book. The list is intended both as an aide to educators and librarians and to show that Diamond supports the Common Core Standards as an effective tool to prepare students for the challenges in college and the workforce. The list was created by Diamond Book Distributors and library/education consultant Ellen Myrick, President of Myrick Marketing & Media.
"Diamond is a firm believer in graphic novels as legitimate teaching tools," says Kuo-Yu Liang, Diamond Book Distributors Vice President Sales and Marketing. "With the Diamond Graphic Novel Common Core List, we hope to help educators and librarians get ahead of the curve of this new initiative, while enjoying some great stories and art."
"One of the keys to the Common Core State Standards is the attention given to a variety of text types. These can be great levelers in the classroom, especially effective for differentiated teaching," says Myrick. "Graphic novels are perfect for visual learners and Graphic Novels for the Common Core Classroom provides teachers with tools to identify and utilize these compelling resources. Graphic novel experts and teachers suggested and selected the titles for inclusion, highlighting those titles that can be used as informational texts, those based on the literary canon, and award-winning, critically-acclaimed works."
Developed by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers-in collaboration with educators and experts- the Common Core Standards are designed to provide a clear, universal framework so that children across the country will be able to compete at the same level. The Common Core English Language Standards - which include the use of graphic novels - are available on the Common Core State Standards Initiative web site.
The list will be continually updated, with new titles and information coming in the weeks and months ahead.
Diamond has also created Pinterest pages, which offer easily navigable guides to the Graphic Novel Common Core List, arranged by grade levels:
Graphic Novels for the Common Core: Elementary
Graphic Novels for the Common Core: Middle School
Graphic Novels for the Common Core: High School
"As an advocate of comic books and graphic novels in K - 12 educational classroom settings, the Common Core Standards are the best news like-minded educators have ever received." – Dr. Katie Monnin, University of North Florida assistant professor of literacy and author of Teaching Graphic Novels.
Check back with us as we continue to update our Common Core Standards Graphic Novel List with lesson plans, reading levels, and more.
Click here to download the full list with Library Classifications, Subject Headings, and Core Standards