These resources are in support of faculty engaging their students in the
We will be adding new resources throughout the year!
Faculty, you may find additional materials for your courses
2013-15 Supplemental Materials: Articles, Ted Talks, videos, interviews, and other resources for exploring issues in the books, and how these concepts relate to the over-arching theme of "Information, Ideas, Ideology: Shaping Your Reality."
Past Curriculum Ideas: Methods and materials contributed by faculty who have incorporated Books of the Year into their curriculum. These are offered as examples of how the books and the themes they represent can be used as powerful tools to engage students in meaningful, thought provoking reflection and discussion.
"In Defense of Graphic Novels." This article describes why the author teaches graphic novels and directly confronts criticism teachers may face from colleagues, administrators, parents, and students as they first teach examples of this fast-growing genre.
"Image, Text, and Story: Comics and Graphic Novels in the Classroom." This article explains how pairing visual images with words is an easy way to help students develop stronger visual literacy. Graphic novels offer an opportunity for students to scrutinize how interdependent images and words can create a strong sequential narrative. It also discusses how graphic novels can help teachers approach delicate subjects such as war, peace, or human rights.
On-Line Book Group Discussion
UAA ART491 Senior Seminar Exhibition
Then Talk: Using Conversations about Books of the Year to Model
Culturally Responsive Teaching
Getting Students to Read. You've discovered that many of your students aren't reading. Why
not? Are you spending too much time summarizing the readings so that
students think there is no need to read? Are you not holding students
accountable for the reading? Do students fail to see the reading as
meaningful and worthwhile? If the answer might be "yes" to any of the
above questions then these strategies may be helpful.
Protocols for Online Discussions. These protocols help students process readings, podcasts, videos, etc during online discussions. (PDF)
Double-Entry Journal. This exercise can be designed to support different
pedagogical objectives: responding to and documenting sources in the
course of research; identifying central ideas in complex readings; or
synthesizing ideas from reading and course lectures. Printable examples and templates included.