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In order to effectively teach reading and writing, a teacher must have student engagement. Too many students are not engaged during literacy instruction and therefore are only skimming the surface, and not experimenting with various reading strategies. I would like to change the way teachers look at literacy instruction, especially for boys. Using this presentation, I want to inform teachers and parents that comic books and graphic novels are not just dumbed-down, disposable literature. Graphic novels possess a great deal of academic integrity and often engage the imagination more using panel to panel inferencing.
2. Ok, class. Today we are going to discuss... 3. Um......excuse me. Can you please pay attention? 4. Am Iboringyou? 5. What is THAT you are reading exactly? 6. Oh, a graphic novel. 7. Am I not interesting enough? 8. Ever wonder how you can engage your students through reading? 9. Especially your boys? 10. Dresslikethis: 11. Just kidding! 12. There is a way to engageALL of your students. 13. Use Graphic Novels! 14. Interested???? 15. I thought so. 16. Youreprobablywondering... 17. Why graphic novels? 18. ??Arent graphic novels and comics the same thing? 19. Graphic novels are a format that usessequential art to tell a story. 20. Will Eisnerpopularizedthe term afterhe published: 21. Comics are...a magazine devoted to comic strips. 22. Ok, but why use them? 23. "Reading lightmaterials, such ascomic books,is the way manystudents develop ataste for reading." (Krashen, 2004) 24. Kids LOVE them! 25. They motivateboys to read. 26. Graphic novels contain20% MORE rare vocabularythan a typical chapter book. (Krashen, 1993) 27. They help reluctant readers,well....start reading! 28. Graphic novelscontain 40% MOREvocabulary than atypical conversationbetween a child andan adult. (Krashen, 1993) 29. But aregraphicnovels realbooks? 30. Do they actually count as reading? 31. YES!!! 32. All reading isgood reading. 33. But, arent graphic novels only about superheroes? 34. Graphic novels havea variety of themes.For example... 35. &have characters traveling to different worlds. 36. Struggling to t in? 37. Read! 38. Anun immi ivegforrsa rantbel se s lon gin arch g. 39. "...comics are just assophisticated as otherforms of literature, andchildren benet fromreading them at leastas much as they dofrom reading othertypes of books..."(Science Daily,2009) 40. Ok, I get it!You LOVE graphic novels. 41. wh atB ut,the ay?es h s do se arcre 42. A 1992 study of morethan 200,000students... 43. ...from 32 countries... 44. ...revealed that 45. ...revealed thatFinland 46. has a 99% literacy rate! 47. They also have the highest proportionof comic book reading students. 48. nearly 60%! 49. w ! oW 50. Needmore? 51. The U.S. Military Academy at West Point 52. requires that ALL cadets read: 53. ...before they graduate.(Foroohar, 2005) 54. Maybe I should rethinkmy literacy instruction. 55. Im not saying youshould replaceEVERYTHING withgraphic novels. 56. Just consider it another tool. 57. When teaching... 58. ...youtakeadvantage of thetoolsavailable. 59. Even if it means using: 60. m e)so(an awe Graphic Novel! 61. Works Cited:Brunnel, V., & Linnakyla, P. (1994). Swedish speakers literacy in the Finnish society. Journal of Reading, 37(5), pp. 368-375.Foroohar, R. (2005, August 25) Comic Relief. Newsweek, 146(8), 50-54. Retrieved from http://web.ebscohost.comKrashen, Stephen D. 2004. The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.Krashen, Stephen D. 1993. The Power of Reading. Englewood: Libraries Unlimited, Inc.McCloud, S. (2006). Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga andGraphic Novels. New York: Harper.University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2009, November 5). For Improving Early Literacy, Reading Comics Is No Childs Play. Science Daily. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedaily.com 62. Images Cited:Corlett, M.L., Fine, R.E., & Lichenstein, R. (2002). The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein: A Catalogue Raisonne 1948-1997. Hudson Hills Press.Eisner, Will. A Contract with God And Other Tenement Stories. W.W. Norton & Company, 2006.Kibuishi, Kazu. The Stonekeeper (Amulet, Book 1). GRAPHIX, 2008.Moore, Alan. The Watchmen. DC Comics, 1995.Tan, Shaun. The Arrival. Arthur A. Levine Books, 2007.Telgemeier, Raina. Smile. GRAPHIX, 2010.Tennapel, Doug. Ghostopolis. GRAPHIX, 2010.All other images are care of Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and Harvey Comics Creative Commons Licensing.