The division between graphic novelists and comic book writers is often comparable to the perceived difference between artists and entertainers. Graphic novelists have and continue to attempt to separate themselves from comic book artists in the popular imagination.
Students examine graphic novels and comic books and discuss the important components of the genre, such as captions, dialogue, and images. They then use an online tool to create a six-panel comic highlighting six key scenes in a book they have read. By creating comic strips or cartoon squares featuring characters in books, students are encouraged to think analytically about the characters, events, and themes they've explored in ways that expand their critical thinking by focusing on crystallizing the significant points of the book in a few short scenes.