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February 24, 2012 / shawnbrookwilliams

Grad School presentation – Graphic Novel reading Illustration

Here is an over-simplified illustration I did about children with difficulty reading and how they may be intrigued by reading graphic novels. I drew this for one of Ginger Landers’ graduate school presentations she’s calling Using graphic novels to increase reading interest for students with EBD (Emotional Behavioral Disorder).

graphic novels for reluctant readers

Here is an interesting snippet of research she found:

Graphic novels for multiple literacies
by Gretchen E. Schwarz

  • Graphic novels can build complex cognitive and critical thinking skills.
  • Graphic novels can increase a student’s interest in many subject areas.
  • Students strengthen literary skills, such as foreshadowing and syntax, to interpret messages in not only the text, but also in the art.
  • — “graphic novel, a and n.” Oxford English Dictionary Additions Series, 1993, Oxford University Press.
  • — McCloud, S. (!994).  Understanding comics. New York:  Harper Perennial, 9.
  • — Schwarz, G. (2002a). Graphic books for diverse needs: Engaging reluctant and curious readers. ALAN Review, 30(1), 54–57.
  • — Schwarz, G. E. (2002). Graphic novels for multiple literacies. Journal Of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 46(3), 262.
  • — Smetana, L. (2010). Graphic Novel Gurus: Students with Learning Disabilities Enjoying Real Literature. California Reader,44(1), 3-14.
  • — Vaughn, S., Levy, S., Coleman, M., & Bos, C. S. (2002). Reading Instruction for Students with LD and EBD: A Synthesis of Observation Studies. Journal Of Special Education, 36(1), 2.
  • — Yang, G. (2008). Graphic Novels in the Classroom. Language Arts, 85(3), 185-192.

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