Comics are a great learning tool!
They are fun, appealing, and interesting! Additionally, the reduced text load of comics make them manageable for even beginning level readers.
* A Major Boost to Literacy Comprehension
Comic books contain the same story elements and literary devices as narrative stories – characters, conflict, resolution, setting, symbolism, theme, point of view, ect. Because comics are visual, even if the text is difficult, the visuals give the reader support in comprehending the story. Inference Skills will develop as readers must “read between the lines” to better understand the events in comics through built-in context clues.
* Increase vocabulary
Images support the text and give students significant contextual clues to word meaning, allowing students to better use inference to add to their personal word bank. They may also be more motivated to ask a parent for help or crack open a dictionary just so they can really understand the comic.
* A gateway to Writing and Creativity
Students who read comics often find themselves wanting to write them too. Reading comics help to develop composition techniques such as storyboarding and planning.
* Broaden Horizons
Comics aren’t only about superheroes, there are adaptations of the classics, biographies, and even science topics told in comic book style. It’s an appealing format that can help bridge students into more serious and complex topics.
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