Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
Eisner makes the case that people can "read" images, not just words. Comics and graphic novels may have both text and illustrations but the entire work is considered to be something you can "read." The objective of this lesson is to discuss what types of reading are possible and the relationship between reading and images.
1) Partner Discussion: Pair with a partner and discuss Eisner's position concerning "reading" images. Is it possible to "read" images? How can readers of images use visuals to interpret meaning? Discuss examples of images you "read" on a daily basis.
3) Class Discussion: Start an all-class discussion responding to the outcome of the partner discussion. Ask students for experiences or examples when they "read" images. Discuss the functions of images in society, such as road signs, maps, musical notes, and advertisements. Do the images in comic books and graphic novels relate to...
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