Friday, May 11, 2007

Comics in public schools?

Can comics be used appropriately in public schools? According to an educator in Maryland, the answer is yes. Since I was a student, one can always see comic books somewhere near the student's desk. Now, it is potential that using comic books can meet the needs of struggling readers in elementary and secondary schools. However, there are several things that need to be taken into consideration. One, is that the comic books were not too violent. Two, they did not contain inappropriate language. So, it is important for the teacher to scan the various comic and graphic novels in order to determine which ones can be used in a classroom setting. Also, it is important to note that using comic books should not replace the traditional forms of reading instruction. Students can have opportunities to design their own comic books from what they read rather than doing traditional book reports. In this way, the students can be creative in their classes.

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