Graphic texts offer complex, compelling stories to a wide range of audiences and readers.

Graphic text is a broad genre that includes nonfiction and fiction titles. In everyday conversation, you will often hear the term "graphic novel" applied to both fiction and nonfiction texts.

In graphic texts, concepts and narratives are presented through a combination of visual elements and rich language. When your students are reading this genre, they'll benefit from learning the vocabulary words that are essential to understanding the text.

Vocabulary.com offers curated lists for popular and classic graphic texts that will appeal to the range of readers in your classroom.

Implementation Ideas

Prep students for closer reading with text-based vocab practice.

  1. Before students tackle their reading, search for the book in our List Library to pair the title with our curated vocabulary lists.
  2. Assign a Practice activity based on the list you selected. It's easy to create a series of assignments for an entire book and adjust the due dates.
  3. Have students independently complete the Practice assignment. They'll learn the most relevant vocabulary words from the book, presented in usage examples from the source text.

Encourage self-selected reading. Our ready-made resources make it easy for you to support independent reading. Have students select their book choice from our recommended titles below, and then complete the Practice activity on Vocabulary.com.

Start genre-based book clubs. Genre study is a perfect match for student book clubs. Have students create their own vocabulary list to share with their group. Encourage them to note the words that they found the most challenging, intriguing, or relevant, and discuss their lists with their peers.

Recommended Reading

The following recommendations are a great place to start. Bear in mind that the titles below are just a sample of our graphic text titles. Search our List library for thousands of other curated lists and collections.

Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll
This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews
March: Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
March: Book Two by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol
The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown
Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
Brave by Svetlana Chmakova
Crush by Svetlana Chmakova
Class Act by Jerry Craft
New Kid by Jerry Craft
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin
I Was Their American Dream by Malaka Gharib
Almost American Girl by Robin Ha
All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed
Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Snapdragon by Kat Leyh
War Brothers by Sharon E. McKay and Daniel Lafrance
Queen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis
I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina
Yummy by G Neri
Primates by Jim Ottiviani and Maris Wicks
Astronauts by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks
The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag
White Bird by R. J. Palacio
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
Maus I: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman
Maus II: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Guts by Raina Telgemeier
Sisters by  Raina Telgemeier
Smile by  Raina Telgemeier
Kiss Number 8 by Colleen AF Venable and Ellen T. Crenshaw
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang

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