Girl Wonder Launches Sequential Smarts

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Press Release

Girl-Wonder.org is pleased to announce the debut of Sequential Smarts, a new blog devoted to the use of comics in the classroom.

Sequential Smarts is intended as a resource for anyone interested in using comics in education. Sequential Smarts is an interactive blog.

Readers, regardless of their formal education experience, are encouraged to submit reviews of comics they've used or are considering using for educational purposes.

Using these reviews, the blog will become a resource for educators looking for books which would engage struggling readers, clear up difficult concepts, or just get them reading.

"With the growing popularity and variety of graphic novels, more and more educators are turning to comics to engage their students," said blog contributor Jessica Plummer. "But with this sudden flooding of the market, picking out the useful classroom tools can be a tricky proposition."

Both blog contributors are themselves experienced educators. Elena Kamenetzky has tutored ESL and remedial reading students in Minnesota with AmeriCorps, and currently teaches English in Japan through the JET program. One of her lesson plans was named the August 2006 America Learns National Strategy of the Month (http://www.nationalserviceresources.org/node/17791).

Jessica Plummer has both taught and tutored at elementary, middle, and high school levels. She currently works in academic publishing, keeping her eye on what kids are reading.

The blog can be found at http://girl-wonder.org/sequentialsmarts. For additional information on Sequential Smarts or information on submitting a review, please contact the contributors at sequentialsmarts@girl-wonder.org.

ABOUT GIRL WONDER – Girl Wonder is a collection of websites dedicated to female characters, comic creators, and comic academics. Our goals are to foster an attentive, empowered audience community and to encourage female comics creators as well as respect and high-quality character depiction within the comics industry.

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