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ERIC Number: EJ792963
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1049-5851
Comics & Graphic Novels
Cleaver, Samantha
Instructor, v117 n6 p28-30, 34 May-Jun 2008
Not so many years ago, comic books in school were considered the enemy. Students caught sneaking comics between the pages of bulky--and less engaging--textbooks were likely sent to the principal. Today, however, comics, including classics such as "Superman" but also their generally more complex, nuanced cousins, graphic novels, are not only regarded as educational tools by savvy teachers, they are also taken seriously as literature and an art form in their own right. Comic books can be a great way to pique reluctant readers' interest and challenge those students who are fluent in more traditional literature. Kids are at ease with combining visual and text information, and as new media becomes mainstream, comic books offer a way to reinforce traditional grammar and spelling within a layout that is familiar to kids. Teachers may have to challenge some assumptions before they use comics in the classroom, and make sure that they read every book before they use it in class. Just because a book is a comic does not mean that it is appropriate for young students. If teachers think it will be at all controversial with their class, they must consider using an excerpt, selecting a different book, or sending a note home to parents ahead of time. Some memorable end-of-year comic book activities that will engage reluctant readers or challenge high achievers over the summer break are provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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