Announcing the 2017 Denver Comic Con Ticket Drops!

Pop Culture Classroom is excited to announce that we will be doing a limited number of ticket drops for Denver Comic Con 2017! Denver Comic Con is supported by Pop Culture Classroom, whose goal is to inspire a love of learning, increase literacy, celebrate diversity and build community through the tools of popular culture. As part […]

Littles Need Comics, Too: Comics and Graphic Novels for Early Readers

By Ronell Whitaker “Are there any comics or graphic novels out there for the primary grades?” This is a question I get all the time from fellow teachers. It seems simple, but for years I found myself struggling to find a good answer. While I’ve always had great suggestions of comic and graphic novel titles […]

PCC and Action Lab Comics! Extend Partnership to 2020

Pop Culture Classroom is pleased and honored to announce the renewal of a continued partnership with Action Lab Comics! PCC’s arts and literacy curriculum Storytelling Through Comics (STC) is greatly supported by Action Lab, and the partnership will continue through 2020. This is a continuation of a strong relationship between like-minded organizations that stand behind […]

Pride of Baghdad Review

By Michael Gianfrancesco Brian K. Vaughan’s and Niko Henrichon’s 2006 masterpiece Pride of Baghdad combines fact and fiction in a way that not only creates an impactful and poignant story, but also makes serious and complex themes accessible to just about any reader. This text has been in my regular classroom rotation for years and […]

Pop Culture Classroom’s Director of Education is speaking at TEDxCU

Pop Culture Classroom’s Director of Education, Illya Kowalchuk, M. Ed., is speaking at TEDxCU! As part of the event, Mr. Kowalchuk will give a must-see talk about PCC’s innovative program LEAD With Comics, a unique project that educates inmates at jails and prisons across Colorado to learn how to read and draw with the help […]

The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation

  Written by Johnathon Hennessey Art by Aaron McConnell Appropriate for Grades: Middle School and up REVIEW In interesting times such as these, the laws and traditions of the United States are finding themselves hotly debated on a daily basis. Coming of age in the 21st Century means that your students’ social feeds are filling […]

Finding Inspiration: Comics as a Pathway to Reading

By Michael Gianfrancesco, Comics Education Outreach “Comics are a gateway drug to literacy.” —Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Maus, A Survivor’s Tale When I first began teaching comics in the classroom over a dozen years ago, one of the most dependable brick walls that I could rely on encountering was the dreaded question, “How […]