The purpose of this poster is to highlight the results of a research project conducted in a rural elementary school library in western North Carolina. The project involved designing a unit of study for struggling fourth grade readers using high-interest graphic novels. Students received targeted reading skills instruction each week, followed by authentic assessment in the form of individual activities and step-by-step group activities, culminating in the creation of their own graphic novels. The curriculum that emerged from this project can be duplicated and used with other graphic novels at multiple grade levels to provide reading enrichment/remediation. The results and impact of this project demonstrate the role of the school media specialist as a collaborative instructional partner. School stakeholders are often unaware of the variety of roles that the school media specialist is trained to fulfill, as well as the services he or she is able to perform .
Jennifer Luetkemeyer– Assistant Professor of Library Science, Appalachian State University