The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation

by Jonathan Hennessey and Aaron McConnell. New York, NY: Hill & Wang, 2008

The United States Constitution and its framers come to life in the graphic novel as readers learn about the arguments, balancing acts, intentions, and implications of our Constitution article by article, amendment by amendment. Difficult concepts such as balance of power and 3/5 vote become concrete and easy to understand as the depth and breadth of its Framers' intent is revealed.

It addresses social studies themes such as: historical events; culture and cultural diversity; continuity and change among and between cultures; national and community institutions; the powers and challenges of governance; and citizenship and civic ideals and practices.

Starred review from School Library Journal.

See how to use this book to teach metaphor and literary devices (pp. 101-102) and explore citizenship (pp 140-144) in Worth A Thousand Words: Using Graphic Texts to Teach Visual and Verbal Literacy.

Grades 5+

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