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ERIC Number: EJ1170198
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
Critical Encounters in a Middle School English Language Arts Classroom: Using Graphic Novels to Teach Critical Thinking & Reading for Peace Education
Sun, Lina
Multicultural Education, v25 n1 p22-28 Fall 2017
Graphic novels, which tell real and fictional stories using a combination of words and images, are often sophisticated, and involve intriguing topics. There has been an increasing interest in teaching with graphic novels to promote literacy as one alternative to traditional literacy pedagogy (e.g., Gorman, 2003; Schwarz, 2002). A pedagogy of multiliteracies using graphic novels can enhance reading engagement and achievement, reinforcing students' senses of their identities as readers who are learners and thinkers (Guthrie, 2004). However, there is scant mention in pedagogical literature of how such multimodal texts can be used for fostering students' critical thinking and reading skills for peace education. This article provides a case study of why and how middle school English Language Arts (ELA) teachers can teach critical reading and thinking in ways which promote education for peace and social justice. The author particularly focuses on the use of graphic novels to teach aspects of these concepts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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