Can We Learn Literature, History and Social Studies through Graphic Novels?

In this lesson, students will think about how graphic novels convey traditional literature, history and social studies curricula in a new way, they will learn the mechanisms through which graphic novels interpret formal modes of learning, and they will research, identify and critically analyze a graphic novel, which they will then present to the rest of the class as a lesson in literature, history or social studies.


Some media may contain mature content. Discretion is advised when viewing with students.

Lesson Plan

Play some or all of the above videos for your students. Ask students if they are familiar with any of the graphic novels featured in these videos, and, if so, have them describe the storyline, characters, dialogue, graphic style or other features of the graphic novels they know to the rest of the class. Prompt a more guided discussion with students about the particular features of these graphic novels using questions such as the following:

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Niall Brennan

Niall Brennan Niall is a professor in the Department of Communication at Fairfield University and holds a Ph.D in Media and Communications. Niall is a well-traveled educator and has taught across the globe from Brazil to the UK. He has also worked in publishing, advertising and information systems in New York City. When he’s not teaching, Niall enjoys cooking, photography and spending time with his best friend and dog, Harry.