When Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, he set in motion a series of events that changed the course of American history. Since then, African Americans have worked tirelessly to achieve equality between the races and bring new meaning to the phrase All men are created equal. Free at Last is a graphic history focusing how slaves responded to their new freedom. It also chronicles the obstacles to emancipation. Free at Last is a wonderful way for reluctant readers to learn about this important period in history.
Using the graphics, students can activate prior knowledge--bridge what they already know with what they have yet to learn. Graphically illustrated biographies also teach inference skills, character development, dialogue, transitions, and drawing conclusions. Graphic biographies in the classroom provide an intervention with proven success for the struggling reader.
The exciting events of three historic attacks on medieval castles are told in graphic novel format: In 1203-1204, French King Philip II, lays siege to Chateau Gaillard, a castle in France built by English King Richard I; When Prince Louis of France lays siege to Dover Castle in England in 1216, English forces tunnel under the French attackers; In 1294, Welsh rebel Llywelyn and his army rampage against Conwy Castle, trapping English King Edward I, inside!
Three historic battles to claim the Holy Land during the time of the Crusades are told in graphic novel format: Christian soldiers try to take Jerusalem back from Muslim and Jewish defenders during the First Crusade in 1099; On July 4, 1187, Christian armies of the Kingdom of Jerusalem meet the Muslim forces of Saladin in the decisive Battle of Hattin for the Holy Land; England's King Richard I, and his allies battle Saladin in an attempt to retake Jerusalem during the Third Crusade in 1190.
Three decisive battles fought by knights in medieval history are told in graphic novel format: In 1415, English long bowmen devastate the French army in the Battle of Agincourt; Successful in holding the French town of Orlans under siege for six months in 1428, the English forces are about to meet 17 year-old Joan of Arc; In 1485, the fight for the throne of England between two royal dynasties comes to an end at Bosworth.
The heroes of rebellion in medieval England are featured in three historic stories told in graphic novel format: William Wallace and his Scottish rebels take on English knights at Stirling Bridge in 1297; In 1381, a band of peasants protest a new tax, leading to a fateful meeting with England's King Richard II; In 1401, Welsh Prince Glyndr, rebelling against English rule, outwits 2,000 English soldiers in the Battle of Bryn Glas.
Three historic battles, from the arrival of the Vikings in early Britain to the Norman invasion, are told in graphic novel format: In 793, the sacking of Lindisfarne is the first Viking raid on Britain; At Ediginton, Alfred the Great defends the kingdom of Wessex from Vikings in 878; In 1066, English forces, exhausted from fighting the Vikings, face a new invader French king, William the Conqueror.