Denver Comic Con Education Wrap-Up (Part 2)

Educator’s Day 2017 Offers Exciting Opportunities for Teachers Over the past four years, Educator’s Day has given over 1,000 teachers, librarians, administrators and other educators the opportunity to receive a free Friday pass to Denver Comic Con. The goal of…

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Denver Comic Con 2017 Education Wrap-Up! (Part 1)

At this year’s Denver Comic Con, Pop Culture Classroom celebrated diversity, fun and education through a variety of exciting and unique programming. Our guests, volunteers, students, teachers and programmers created and participated in a fantastic line up of education-focused activities…

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American Born Chinese, Review

  By Michael Gianfrancesco   REVIEW The brainchild and signature book of author/artist Gene Yang, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, the graphic novel American Born Chinese has won its share of awards. For students and educators alike, the…

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Comics and Reluctant Learners: Dispelling the Myths

  By Michael Gianfrancesco   I have been doing this whole “teaching with comics” thing for nearly 15 years and I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with teachers all over the country. During panels and workshops,…

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Review of Sisters

  By Ronell Whitaker Written & Art by Raina Telgemeier Appropriate for grades: 2nd grade and up   Review When I first read Raina Telgemeier’s 2010 graphic novel Smile, I had trouble relating. As a high school teacher, I couldn’t…

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Up, Up and Away: Innovative Comics Leap Across Content Areas

At Pop Culture Classroom, one of our primary missions is to show that comics and graphic novels are more than superheroes in tights and capes. We believe comics transcend their typical associations as “lowbrow” or “simplistic” texts, offering educators new…

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Pride of Baghdad Review

By Michael Gianfrancesco Brian K. Vaughan’s and Niko Henrichon’s 2006 masterpiece Pride of Baghdad combines fact and fiction in a way that not only creates an impactful and poignant story, but also makes serious and complex themes accessible to just…

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Name the Denver Comic Con Beer!

The annual “Name the Denver Comic Con Beer” contest starts today! This is the 6th year Breckenridge Brewery has brewed a special beer just for the con. The 2017 DCC beer is a Bohemian-style Pilsner. It’s delicate and well-balanced, light…

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Pop Culture Classroom’s Director of Education is speaking at TEDxCU

Pop Culture Classroom’s Director of Education, Illya Kowalchuk, M. Ed., is speaking at TEDxCU! As part of the event, Mr. Kowalchuk will give a must-see talk about PCC’s innovative program LEAD With Comics, a unique project that educates inmates at…

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The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation

  Written by Johnathon Hennessey Art by Aaron McConnell Appropriate for Grades: Middle School and up REVIEW In interesting times such as these, the laws and traditions of the United States are finding themselves hotly debated on a daily basis….

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