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Mighty Alice Goes Round and Round

Grade Levels: 2-6
Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts, Art

Alice Otterloop and her family (brother Petey, Mom, and Dad) live in the cookie-cutter suburbs not far from the interstate. Alice attends preschool where she and her friends Beni and Dill make life interesting for Miss Bliss, their teacher. This comic book portrays their day-to-day life as it unfolds with simple joys, tiny infractions and laughable moments.

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The Croc Ate My Homework

Grade Levels: 3-7
Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts

The Crocs have more bite than brains and eat more takeout food than living prey, but it doesn’t stop them from cooking up hilariously harebrained schemes to eat their helpless Zebra neighbor. Other characters from the Pearls Before Swine comic add to the story’s fun, including know-it-all Rat, slow-witted but kind Pig, and intellectual Goat.

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Skip School, Fly to Space

Grade Levels: 3-5
Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts

Students read Skip School, Fly to Space and make notes about the characters in the text. Students vote for their favorite character, create a class graph showing the results, and analyze the graph. Students then use a prewriting graphic organizer to list reasons that a particular character is their favorite and examples from the text. Finally, students write opinion pieces explaining why that character is their favorite, stating clear reasons and examples to support their opinions.

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Big Nate: Thunka, Thunka, Thunka

Grade Levels: 3-5
Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts

Students will read Big Nate: Thunka, Thunka, Thunka and create lists of characters and their major traits. Each student will then choose his or her two favorite characters and fill in a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the characters. Finally, each student will write a compare-and-contrast paragraph about the two characters he or she chose.

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Big Nate: Welcome to My World

Grade Levels: 3-5
Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts

Students will identify and analyze word choice in Big Nate: Welcome to My World, then work in groups to create word-meaning gradients. Students will then create individual word-choice gradients detailing shades of meaning. Finally, students will write descriptive paragraphs about selected Big Nate cartoons using what they have learned about word choice.

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Big Nate: The Crowd Goes Wild!

Grade Levels: 3-5
Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts

Students identify and discuss idioms used in Big Nate: The Crowd Goes Wild! Then they learn about the use of text in comics and create their own four-panel comics featuring idioms.

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Big Nate Makes the Grade

Grade Levels: 3-7
Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts, Art, Social Studies

Nate Wright is known to his pals and teachers for many things, including his penchant for mischief and his school record for detentions. The school life of Nate, his pals, his rivals, and his long-suffering teachers are recounted in hilarious detail and can inspire students to create their own school stories.

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Big Nate: The Crowd Goes Wild!

Grade Levels: 3-7
Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts, Art

Play ball! When sixth-grader Nate Wright and his friends suit up for basketball, baseball, and soccer, there are bound to be highs, lows, wins, losses—and humor. Students can cheer Nate on as they examine the culture of sports through vocabulary, creative writing, and class discussion.

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Woodstock: Master of Disguise Teaching Guide

Woodstock: Master of Disguise

Grade Levels: 3-5
Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts––Narrative Writing, Transition Words and Phrases

Students learn about transition words and phrases using comics from Woodstock: Master of Disguise. Students then brainstorm and categorize transition words and phrases and work in groups to practice using transitions. Finally, students write a narrative paragraph describing a comic from the book using strong, creative transition words and phrases.

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Big Nate: The Crowd Goes Wild!

Grade Levels: 3-7
Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts

Two heads are better than one, except when they’re crashing into each other! But that won’t prevent Big Nate and his pals from hatching great ideas for fun. Nate Wright is a wisecracking eleven-year-old who knows he’s destined for greatness—he’s a sixth-grade chess prodigy, a self-described genius, and the all-time record holder for detentions in school history. He’s often in hot water with his teachers and classmates, but Nate’s winning personality and can-do attitude always make him a big hit with readers.

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