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Recently my kids have been reading tons of graphic novels and comics. They are constantly giving me a new title to reserve from our library, so I wondered if teaching with comics and graphic novels might be a good idea.
Could I incorporate comic books and graphic novels into our homeschool lessons?
Hannah and Ben’s interest in graphic novels was sparked in their homeschool co-op book clubs. Every month the students in the clubs suggest books they would like the group to read next. Hearing a book recommendation from a friend is much more effective than me suggesting a title.
A few months ago Hannah and Ben’s book clubs both happened to be reading graphic novels. Since then, they have continued to read other graphic novels all on their own.
Comics and graphic novels are very similar. Comic books tend to be collections of individual comic strips. The pages may or may not have a common theme. Graphic novels on the other hand are stories, with all the traditional literary elements, that happen to be written in comic strip form.
The truth about teaching with comics and graphic novels is:
- It prevents kids from being overwhelmed by page after page of text
- Encourages reluctant readers – they will likely find they ENJOY reading!
- It is great for visual learners
- Many literature elements can be taught through graphic novels
- They cross connect multiple subjects
- There is a risk for the images being too mature – be sure to preview any potentially difficult topics
Teaching with Comics and Graphic Novels
Comics and graphic novels can be a great way to teach multiple subjects. They can be used to pique interest in a topic, as part of a unit study, as assigned reading, or even read just for fun.
Here is a list of comics and graphic novels to incorporate into your lesson plans.
Be sure to save this list to your Pinterest boards so you can always find it!
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