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Comics in the Classroom

Teaching Multiple Literacies
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Megan Crimmins

on 11 July 2011

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Comics in the Classroom On the contrary, reading comics requires the student to interact with and decode multiple literacies. Comics are... Motivating they provide visual permanency by slowing down the flow of information they're popular especially since many of them have made it to the big screen. a great tool for drawing reluctant readers into the library Finally... comics are not just an intermediary step to more advanced literature they should be considered a complex form of literacy just like the rest Have you ever wondered if comic books
were an acceptable form of literature for
students? Odds are if you ask one of them, they will
gladly give you a resounding... and guess what... They're Right!!!! Get your pencil ready They can even teach English Language Arts vocabulary! Don't believe me? Alliteration The repetition of initial consonant sounds Can you find an example? Sentinel of the Spaceways!
or
The Silver Surfer Hyperbole intentional exaggeration for dramatic effect. Can you point them out? Answers: Possible Answers: The Most Dramatiic hero of all time
Nothing you have ever seen before can equal the breath-taking spectacle of... Onomatopoeia "words that sound like what they are" Examples: splash, crunch, zip It is impossible to understand
the text completely without
the visual, gestural, and
spatial relationships The comic page
is also separated into several
panels. The reader must
be able to make
connections between
the panels in order to make meaning. You can even have students create their
own comics to demonstrate their
understanding of these words. For instance... Without the images, the reader has a much more difficult time making sense of the story. Her name was Meg Malloy.
They called her the Pirate
Queen. They say there was no vessel she couldn't outmatch. No treasure she couldn't plunder. And while the naval authorities cursed her name... she was the toast of St. Helvetia society. And of course, it was every young gentleman's dream to marry her. Oh, is that what they wanted to do with her? I don't recall asking for Sarah's rather sordid opinion, do you Polly? Polly? MMM? Are you listening to me? I... I... She was listening to me. Miss Van Vervendander. Confused yet? Try this instead Reading comics is therefore an active process by which readers make meaning from a combination of imagery, text, gestural and spatial relationships. "By teaching students to become conscious and critical of the ways in which they make meaning from multimodal texts such as comics, we can also teach students to become more literate with a wide range of multimodal texts (Jacobs, 2007)." So now you know Comics can be wonderful teaching tools if they are used wisely. By: Megan Crimmins Comics have several purposes in a literary environment! # 1 # 2 # 3 Because... Comic books are a form of multimodal literacy More examples: For example...
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