As 21st-century citizens, visual media surrounds our students. Visual literacy skills are a critical component of instruction in our classrooms. Comics are an engaging way to build reading comprehension and critical thinking skills while sparking creativity. The perfect medium for teaching any subject, the sequential art and text share storytelling responsibility. Their visual permanence allows the reader to control processing speed.
Want to learn more about the rationale for using comics in the classroom? Here are a few online articles and video about the benefits of comics in education.
Why comics belong in the classroom with Gene Yang
In this humorous talk, former teacher and graphic novelist Gene Yang shares some unexpected insights and urges educators to bring comic books into the classroom. A 2016 MacArthur fellow, Gene Luen Yang began drawing comics in the fifth grade. “American Born Chinese”, Yang’s first graphic novel, put him on the map.