Children's Literature in the Reading Program
Graphic Novels in Education: Cartoons, Comprehension, and Content Knowledge
Literacy practices in the 21st century involve ideas of multimodality, using technology, and being adaptable to multiple sign systems, and teachers have been tasked more and more with shifting ways of making and understanding texts. One avenue to creating such learning opportunities lies in the use of graphic novels for instructional purposes. With their feature of “visual permanence” (Yang, 2008), graphic novels use sequential storytelling in a way that bridges print and digital literacies. This chapter includes activities that use graphic novels to make connections to content knowledge, particularly in social studies, language arts, and science classrooms, as well as help students learn about inferences, characterization, story structure, and composition. This chapter also includes a list of graphic novels that teachers would find useful in similar lessons or for building their classroom libraries.
Botzakis, S. (2009).
Graphic Novels in Education: Cartoons, Comprehension, and Content Knowledge.
In D.A. Wooten, & B.E. Cullinan (Eds.), Children's Literature in the Reading Program (pp. 15-23). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.