ERIC Number: EJ1225020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
John Lewis's "March, Book Two": Assessing the Impact of a Graphic Novel on Teaching the Civil Rights Movement
Hawkins, Meghan; Lopez, Katie; Hughes, Richard L.
Social Education, v80 n3 p151-156 May-Jun 2016
In 1957, a civil rights organization called Fellowship of Reconciliation created a comic book to teach America's youth about the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Entitled "Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story," the comic book was enormously successful. John Lewis, a young civil rights activist at the time, recalled that the book was "devoured by black college students across the South." In 2013, as Americans celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Lewis, one of the speakers that day in 1963 and now a U.S. congressman, authored a graphic novel on the movement. "March, Book One" (2013) was the first of a planned trilogy (coauthored by Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell) about Lewis's experiences before, during, and after the civil rights movement. The graphic novel quickly became a New York Times bestseller and garnered numerous awards. Two years later "March, Book Two," which extended the narrative from 1960 through 1963 and is the focus of this essay, debuted with equal success. Thanks to generous grants from the Illinois Council for the Social Studies and Beyond the Books, two teachers used "March, Book One" and "Book Two" with sophomores of mixed ability levels in two sets of U.S. history classrooms. Both utilized "Book Two" in a similar fashion and, with a common pre- and post-assessment, explored the impact of the graphic novel on student learning.
Descriptors: Cartoons, Novels, Civil Rights, African American History, United States History, Activism, Social Change, Social Studies, English Language Learners, History Instruction, Learning Activities
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