First the students read a chapter book. We used assigned books for our first time, but after that the groups got to choose a book (just like in a traditional book club). At the end of each chapter the students stop and jot a summary of the chapter. We use a graphic organizer to keep track of those summaries. We also use a strategy called Who? What Happened? to help with summaries. Take a look at this blog post if you need a summary writing strategy.
- Before starting show a few examples of actual graphic novels. Especially ones that were a chapter book to begin with and are now graphic novels. The Boxcar Children and Babysitters Club are great series to use (I used the EPIC! app to many examples).
- Model to the students how to pick the graphic novel templates. I counted chapters, then counted the templates and asked them "Do I have enough?"
- Sometimes the students fall in love with template pages that have too many of the boxes. We talked about what to do then. Use a box for the title, add pictures, maybe do the words for one chapter in a box and then the picture right after it ..... you get the idea. They want to be creative, but sometimes get stuck without some guidance!
I also created a rubric for quick and easy grading. In my intervention groups we don't do actual grades, so I just use Outstanding, Satisfactory, or Needs Improvement. But, you can customize the rubric to meet your needs!