ERIC Number: ED369070
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Reading-Writing Connection in the Comic Book Genre: A Case Study of Three Young Writers.
A study explored the connection between reading and writing by examining the writing produced by three young readers of action comic books. The subjects were in grades four and five in a British Columbia (Canada) school and were identified by a survey as being avid comic book readers. During three writing sessions, they were asked to produce stories like the ones they liked to read. The resulting writing was analyzed for the presence of the following list of features deemed characteristic to the comic book genre: mutual dependence of pictures and text; a fast moving plot with high action content; use of onomatopoeia and varied print styles; use of puns and slang phrases; elimination of speaker tags; use of narrative bridging captions; use of irony; and use of foreshadowing. Analysis showed that these features were all present in the subjects' writing with the exception of the mutual dependence of pictures and text (a feature that might have been present if the subjects had completed the pictures). Findings suggest that the recreational reading of comic books had an effect on these students' writing in the comic book genre. (Contains 57 references, a table of data, and numerous excerpts, written and pictorial, of the students' stories. Letters of permission and consent, the student survey, and student writing samples are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: British Columbia; Childrens Writing; Descriptive Research; Genre Studies
Note: Master of Education Project, University of British Columbia, Canada.