Mrs. Johnson's class began talking about creating graphic narratives involving the Opera they have been extensively studying. Although the word "novel" normally refers to long fictional works, the term "graphic novel" is applied broadly and includes fiction, non-fiction, and anthologized work. The class started with everyone sitting as a group on the floor looking at past examples comparing strong examples to not as strong examples. They talked about what they needed to include in order for the reader to get a full view of the story while still being interesting enough to capture the readers attention. This meant making sure each act was included, along with characters and the big events. Illustrations should look like a lot of time and thought was spent on them in order to capture the reader's attention. Students were encouraged to group together to create their graphic novels but allowed to work alone. After a discussion of requirements and after students were given resources for graphic novels they got straight to work and began planning away. Finished graphic narratives are not on this post but will be shared by the students themselves on their own blogs. Look out in the future for these amazing works of art!