Every year, Skype in the Classroom celebrates literacy in honor of World Read Aloud Day (February 16th this year) by working with hundreds of guest speakers, including authors, illustrators, and literacy partners. This year will be extra special as we kick things off early with Scholastic for Teach Graphix Week (January 23rd-27th) to highlight the power of graphic novels. Discover how graphic novels are being used in classrooms to motivate young readers in new, unique and very accessible ways—and how your students can be involved.
Here are four ways your class can participate!
1. Register for a live broadcast with the Dream Jumper series creators (January 23rd)
Take your class behind the scenes to see how graphic novels are made during this live broadcast event Monday, January 23rd at 10am PST / 1pm EST with the creators of Scholastic’s popular Dream Jumper graphic novel series. Author Greg Grunberg and illustrator Lucas Turnbloom will talk about how dreams and ideas are turned into books, and their inspiration behind the Dream Jumper storyline. Lucas will also show your class illustrating in action!
Students are encouraged to submit questions, drawings or videos for Greg and Lucas on Twitter using #TeachGraphixLive leading up to and during the event, or even submit their wildest dreams and one of them might be chosen for the next Dream Jumper book!
Even students who are unfamiliar with the Dream Jumper series will enjoy this live adventure, learning firsthand what it takes to be an author, illustrator, and to collaborate with others and follow your dreams.
2. Take part in a live Twitter chat with Amulet author Kazu Kibuishi (January 25th)
Join best-selling Amulet series author Kazu Kibuishi for a live Twitter chat, Wednesday January 25th at 10-11am PST / 1-2pm EST. Join by tweeting your questions to @SkypeClassroom with hashtag #TeachGRAPHIXChat anytime beforehand or during the live Twitter event.
3. Sweepstakes contest: Enter for a chance to win a Graphix Library for your class (US schools only)
Get your students excited for Teach Graphix Week by entering our contest! They can create their very own graphic novel page answering the question, “Why do you love graphic novels?” using words and pictures to express themselves. Ten winners will receive two sets of Graphix Classroom Libraries. Winners will be announced on World Read Aloud Day, February 16th. (Terms & Conditions)
4. Sign up for a Skype call with Scholastic’s Graphix authors
Graphix authors and illustrators can come into your classroom via Skype. There are sessions available throughout the week but make your request early as sessions are already filling up fast!
Teachers: Check out Scholastic’s Guide to Using Graphic Novels with Kids & Teens as well as the Stacks site where your students can create their own online printable comic books based on the graphic novel series.
Also, join Skype in the Classroom’s Literacy Campaign and celebrate reading and writing with your classroom by inviting an author to talk to your students over Skype, or participate in one of the fun literacy activities. There are also special collections of children’s book authors who offer Skype lessons from literacy partners such as Scholastic, Penguin Books, Candlewick, Arbordale, and more. Many authors are available year-round.
Parents: Why not ask your school to get involved with Skype in the Classroom so your kids can experience the world live from their classrooms?