Teacher’s Guide

Comics in Response to Literature by Owen Landefeld: Response to Girl by Jamaica Kincaid

Category: Reading Responses and Conversations

This graphic interpretation of Girl by Jamaica Kincaid is smart and effective. The student, after reading Girl, chose to reflect the overwhelming and never-ending list of “rules” that the story presents in a way that is consuming for both the girl in the comic and for viewers. 

This comic, while at first glance can appear crowded and difficult to understand, is a creative retelling of Girl; it is able to capture the tone of the story. The drawings and the monochromatic ink help to push the tone and underlying message of both the comic and Girl

What Assignments to Use Comic For:

  • Writing and Imagery

Comics in Response to Literature by Summer Mills

Category: Reading Responses and Conversations

Summer’s comic is a thought-provoking comic about harmful generalizations and family history. The student created this comic to reflect her experiences with her father telling her about her family’s past, specifically in relation to their German heritage. 

The author is able to depict a complicated topic in a way that delivers a clear message. Her choice to tell the story of her grandparents through conversations with her father strengthens the comic’s message. The illustrations are effective and help to further the narrative of the comic, rather than just supporting the dialogue and captions. The author’s creative choices related to the text (bold words, red letters, etc.) also strengthen the comic and are well-placed. The scene on the bottom left is the least effective and feels slightly out of place among the rest of the illustrations. 

What Assignments to Use Comic For:

  • Writing and Imagery