Teachers are using comics, now called ‘graphic novels,’ to captivate reluctant readers

Miami Herald.com – “Before anybody explodes about kids reading comic books when they’re supposed to be doing quadratic equations or studying Shakespeare, know that comic books have changed, and so has reading.” (via)

2 Responses to “Teachers are using comics, now called ‘graphic novels,’ to captivate reluctant readers”

  1. Karen Wenborn
    March 24, 2008 at 10:10 am #

    We’ve just produced the second in our series – Macbeth. Schools all over the world are using them now. :-) Great response from students and teachers alike. The three text versions really make a difference to those with differing attention spans/skill levels/available time. Have a look and let me know what you think. Oh, for teachers, loads of free downloads inc some teachers resources. 100,000 downloaded so far.
    Cheers
    Karen

  2. Edana
    March 24, 2008 at 10:52 am #

    Did you see the review of what used to be called “the penny dreadfuls” in NYT this weekend?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/23/books/review/Powers-t.html?em&ex=1206504000&en=e7f9786c878dfc7e&ei=5087

    I’ve gifted graphic novels to my nephew who is, ironically, a very reluctant reader. ;-) He asks if they are “real books” that he can use for school.

    Given the right content, they are also good for ESL.

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