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Activity Overview

A graphic novel project is the perfect way for students to use their imaginations and write their own graphic novel, summarize the plot of a graphic novel that they have read or to have students transfer their knowledge of another piece of literature into graphic novel form. Many popular novels have been turned into graphic novels to meet a broader audience and introduce students of all abilities to rich content.

Some examples of popular or classic novels that have been adapted into graphic novels perfect for high schoolers are:

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Key Fitzgerald, Fred Fordham, and Aya Morton
  • The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel by Margaret Atwood and Renee Nault
  • The Odyssey by Homer and Gareth Hinds
  • To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel by Harper Lee and Fred Fordham
  • Jane by Charlotte Brontë, Aline Brosh McKenna, and Ramón K. Pérez
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell and Odyr
  • Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Damian Duffy and Octavia Butler
  • Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carrol
  • Dune: The Graphic Novel by Brian Herbert, Kevin Anderson, Frank Herbert, and Raul Allen
  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds and Danica Novogorodoff

Some examples of powerful graphic novels meant for high school students are:

  • The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
  • The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
  • I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir by Malaka Gharib
  • Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green
  • Displacement by Kiku Hughes
  • Hey Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  • March Trilogy by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, L. Fury, and Nate Powell
  • I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina, John Jennings, and Stacey Robinson

Check out our many more versatile Graphic Novel Templates! Remember, when giving your students an assignment in Storyboard That, you can add as many templates as you like!

For more ideas and inspiration, check out our Graphic Novel Projects in the Classroom!

Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a Graphic Novel Poster for a book you have read, or write your own!

Student Instructions:

  1. Within the template provided, add images and text to explain the plot of your story in sequence.
  2. Add appropriate items, characters and scenes to create the images.
  3. Look under "Speech Bubbles" to add dialogue and text.
  4. Save and exit when you're finished.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/1] Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/3] Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme


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