Working Towards a Thesis: From Topic to Question to Claim!

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MLA Citations for Graphic Novels

Part of what you need to do for Report 1, you will need to try your hand at an MLA citation for your graphic novel. You should also provide in-text citation for any information that you either summarize, paraphrase, and/or quote directly from that source (or any source).

Graphic Novel Works Cited Example


Wrapping Up Week 1 and What You Should be doing this Weekend

Where have we been this week and where should you be going:

At this point you should have or be working on the following:

  1. Read the syllabus

  2. Followed the Course Blog:

  3. Looked at posts on Course Blog and Layout

  4. Posted in Discussion Forum on Moodle “Getting To Know You”

  5. Selected or Worked on selecting graphic novel for research on (Due, posted selection to Moodle by Sunday, May 26)

  6. Begun reading Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics 1-4

  7. Looked at Preliminary Research Process and Report 1 Assignment Sheet

Where you should be going this weekend and for class next week:

  1. Finish reading chapters from McCloud

  2. Post questions about Graphic Novel selection process and Report 1 to forum on Moodle

  3. Post Graphic Novel selected to forum on Moodle (by Sunday)

  4. Get to reading your graphic novel and take notes on it as you do

  5. Read posts to come about Note Taking and Close Reading.

To help with the Close Reading process I have a link below from about comic books and a file discussing “Close Reading Strategies.” Pay close attention to the 3 step process laid out about “Steps in Close Reading” it discusses on page 5 of document. Use those steps to help you approach your reading and then allow that to enhance the notes you take about not only story, which you will summarize, but also the deeper elements you will want to uncover in your analysis as well.


VOX Article


Close Reading Article


How to Engage in Analysis

If you go back and look at the Report 1 Assignment Sheet, I talked a little bit about this because as you read through your graphic novels (after selecting them), you should begin to start taking notes, not only for purposes of summarizing, but also to potentially analyze the graphic novel as well.


To help look a bit closer at this idea of analysis, I have included a link to a discussion of visual texts HERE.


Additionally, I have below TWO videos discussing the matter as well. The first video has a bit of material about High School standards but if you skip ahead to the 1:36 time marker it really gets into some stuff that may be helpful for you going forward. Pay attention to the ideas of “How” and “Why” that it brings up.

I hope one or both of these videos may be helpful, but if nothing else, fall back and look closely at the example of Report 1 I have for you the assignment sheet linked above to help you out with that.


Deciding on Your Graphic Novel

As you begin and sift through your choices for your Graphic Novel to do your research on for this class, particularly as you narrow things down, make sure to look closely at your material, to investigate it, before making a final selection.