The following diploma thesis is concerned with the integration of graphic novels into German lessons of upper classes. For this purpose, the term “graphic novel” is defined as well as delimited from the genre comic. In the following step, the narrative situation and aesthetics of this medium is discussed and illustrated with several examples. In addition to that, the thesis describes the principles of teaching literature in upper classes, which aims to justify including graphic novels in lessons. In this context, the work of several literary researchers is compared and combined as well as on overview of the current educational system in Austria is given. The functions and aims of literature didactics as well as the usage of comics and graphic novels in literature classes are illustrated. The main part discusses at first three different tasks, which deal with terms that are characteristic for graphic novels as well as movement and space. Following this, a summary and interpretation of the graphic novels “Irmina” of Barbara Yelin and “Der Traum von Olympia” of Reinhard Kleist are focused upon. Apart from that, also the narrative situation and the aesthetics of these novels are discussed. With regards to its practical application, numerous exercises for senior literature classes are provided too. All tasks are adapted to and oriented towards the competences of the new standardized testing in German. The respective exercises cover all skills which are supposed to be trained and developed up to the 9th form.