Mar 11 2010
Remember Archie & Jughead? Veronica & Betty? Or maybe The Fantastic Four or The Green Lantern were more your style? Comic books have long been a staple in many a young kid’s reading inventory. Why? Well, they are bright, colorful, eye-catchy and very non-threatening in a way that most literature books aren’t.
And now classrooms can get in on the action as well. **WOW** Graphic novels are getting a foot in the door of many classrooms and teachers are finding that students are willing to engage with them on a level that few educators have ever seen students engage with their traditional literature book.
Public Radio International’s show To The Best of Our Knowledge ran an episode about William Shakespeare in which they interviewed Classical Comics about their issue of MacBeth. CC offers 3 different versions – one which has the whole story in the original text of Shakespeare’s English, another with the whole story but “translated” into modern English, and a third which is modern English but an abridged version. Great way to introduce youngsters to The Bard and other Great Authors in a way that won’t turn them off with having to work to “interpret” the text while losing the point of the story.
But it’s not just English where graphic novels are making an appearance. One of the hot topics in Biology always seems to be evolution and natural selection. Check out this great explanation of natural selection being explained by some “sneaky crickets” from the University at Berkeley. It is beautifully rendered and prints off marvelously to use in the classroom. Kids LOVED it!
Looking for more titles that aren’t necessarily “classics”? Check out Great Graphic Novels: 5 Comics to Keep Your Kid Thinking. This site also has links to other GN pages for more resources for most any classroom.
@@POW@@ right at ya!