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ERIC Number: EJ888637
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Creating Comics Fosters Reading, Writing, and Creativity
Zimmerman, Bill
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v74 n4 p55-57 Dec 2008
Comic strips provide the perfect vehicle for learning and practicing language. Each strip's three or four panels provide a finite, accessible world in which funny, interesting-looking characters live and go about their lives. Children with limited reading skills are not as overwhelmed when dealing with the size of a comic strip as they may be with a book of many pages. Comic strips don't require long sentences or paragraphs to tell a good story. Only a few words are required for the characters to go about their lives and reveal their stories. Anyone who sees a blank talk or thought balloon floating over the head of a character wants to fill it in with words and thoughts; doing so is the first step to telling a story. This article discusses how creating their own comic strips can encourage youngsters to practice language, reading, writing, and communication skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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