The Educational Value of Comics

Posted on December 30, 2011. Filed under: MakeBeliefsComics |

Comics in the classroom was unheard of when I went to school, they were considered poor reading material. Now research has shown that comic books may be a great way to promote reading in reluctant readers as well as help teach writing. Comics and graphic novels have been used by teachers to help teach complex reading skills, punctuation, outlining, paragraphing, and literary terms. If you click here, you will find 21 Ways to use Comics in the Classroom.  is a free tool for teachers to encourage students to express themselves through writing and creating their own comic strips. The site offers fun animal and human characters with different moods, thought and talk balloons to fill in with words, and story prompts. It can be used by educators to teach language, reading and writing skills, and also for students in English-as-a-Second-Language programs to facilitate self-expression and storytelling, as well as computer literacy.  It is a learning tool that is just plain fun!

One of the new features the website has launched is a Special Needs Section to help educators, educational therapists and parents use the site to enable children with a wide array of disabilities communicate more effectively and express their ideas by creating comic strips online. Creating comic strips is a fun way to encourage writing and reading. The new section provides examples of how educators use the site with children who are on the Autism Spectrum, who are deaf/hearing impaired, who have head injuries/brain tumors, stutter, are struggling writers, or have physical and mental disabilities.

Check it out and please stop back to let me know how you are using comics in your classroom.




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