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Lesson Plan

What is Manga?
Subject: Literacy
Grade span: 8 to 12
Duration: Four to five 30-minute sessions
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Book Discussion Groups and Literature Circles


Many adolescents are fascinated with Japanese manga and American graphic novels, often featured in popular fiction sections of public libraries because they are so requested by teens. This activity, requiring 4-5 thirty to forty minute sessions, asks students to look into the history and content of both American and Japanese versions that target the teen market, providing opportunities for cross-cultural learning, development of discussion skills, and practice with essential comprehension strategies.

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