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Nothing makes us happier than to hear from teachers who are using the TOON into Comics Genre Study with great success in classrooms across the country. We know that teachers are the frontline for identifying what works in the classroom and that you see firsthand what makes a child's eyes light up when he or she learns something new. Please email us your experiences at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll share your insights with others.
"When we started the program, we read, "Zig and Wikki". I initially read the book to the students and modeled how to read it. The students then got into partners are read the book two times; each time reading either Zig or Wikki. It was so incredible! Most of the students got so into their character. It had been a long time before I saw the whole class so engaged having fun reading (usually reading is a chore for some students)! I look forward to continuing to use the books in small groups to increase the reading skills of the students."
--Ms. Wolz, Teacher in Wisconsin
"I will be able to demonstrate setting, mood, theme, and other genres in literature. The TOON collection will be a fun and exciting way for students to use summary, inference, and other reading skills while laughing out loud at the stories and at themselves.
--Mrs. Morrison, Teacher in Lancaster, SC
"Finding a book that is a "just right" reading level as well as a "just right" interest can be a struggle with students who might not yet read on grade level, and I know from personal experience with many students that graphic novels can be the "gateway" book for many reluctant readers."
--Ms. O'Toole, Teacher in Dorchester, MA
"The books will support students' pleasure in reading and the more students read, the more they strengthen those critical literacy skills. Comics for Common Core will be a great springboard for launching my young readers into the world of literacy."
--Ms. Weiss, Teacher in Alameda, CA
"It is great to see that you share my vision for reaching children. In reading, we so often use abstract explanations to explain abstract things. The tools will enable second grade students to better transition from picture to word books in graphic cartoon stories that engages their imaginations. My students are simply amazed at the quality and relevance of this wonderful set of TOON Books for their transition from graphic reading to word reading. There are so many exciting titles and adventures to look forward to in the weeks to come."
--Mr. Wills, Teacher in Texas
"The children are already beginning to make predictions about what they will be reading and wondering about the problems the characters might encounter and how the character solves their problem. It is so exciting to hear them talking about the books before they even get them in their hands!"
--Ms. Beamish, Teacher in Traverse City, MI
"I feel that students with reading disabilities need a variety of reading programs because what may work with some students may not work with others. My goal is to continue teaching my students the foundational skills necessary to become good readers. Having the opportunity to teach my students reading and writing with the TOON into Comics program will be a new and exciting way for my students to learn how to read and eventually develop a LOVE for reading."
--Ms. Hernandez, Teacher in Hawthorne, CA
"As a teacher I have learned that every student latches on and learns to read in a different way. Often they find something they enjoy like a specific author, theme or genre. I enjoyed reading comics as a child and I know that these TOON Books will help my students discover a type of reading that excites them."
--Ms. Cleveringa, Teacher in Toppenish, WA
“I am so excited to have high-quality comics to use daily with my students! I will use the books to create lesson plans to teach the Common Core State Standards. My first grade students will be able to read these books on their own or with their friends during reader's workshop.”
--Mrs. Ortiz, Teacher in Huntington Park, CA
“That's a boring book." I've heard this countless times before, but never with a comic book or cartoon. My current collection of comics are usually the first books to fly off the shelf during independent reading time so it's time I incorporate comics into my instruction as a real teaching tool. My third graders this year will be engaged in state-wide standardized testing for the first time, and my school/city is stressing the importance of me improving their reading and writing skills, which can be difficult when the students do not find the materials they're given to read or the topics they are given to write about interesting or relatable. The TOON Comics Genre Study for Reading and Writing is an absolutely amazing curriculum because comic books are so engaging to students and my kids will have so much fun learning to read and write as they explore comics and make their own. They'll be more excited to learn, which of course makes me even more excited to teach.”
--Ms. Lukosavich, Teacher in Chicago, IL
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