- in a graphic novel, all the frames and shots are carefully selected.
- They offer the potential to analyze and criticise the combination of images and words. Teachers can teach students to ask questions such as ”What did artist pick as a focus point in each frame??”, ”will people with different backgrounds get the same message as eevryone else??”, ”what opinions and values are being portrayed in this frame and is there something that is missing from the picture??”, what is the intended effect of this particular frame on the reader??” etc. It is important to learn this skill becaue of most of the everyday information comes to us, using a combination of images and words e.g. advertisements, social media posts etc. (http://www.medialit.org/)
- graphic novels have less text as compared to a traditional book, so it is easier to read, especially if one doesnt like to read or has reading difficulties.
- since there is less text, students need to make mental effort to fill in the missing links and interpret images for meaning.
- they improve vocabulary and reading abilities of students
- graphic novels often tackle difficult subjects and themes e.g. racism, religion, war, human suffering etc. They can be used as an introductory tool in different subjects.
RESOURCES FOR CREATING COMICS IN THE CLASSROOM:
- printable templates to create comic books by hand
- a collection of resources on how to draw, how to write a story and what tools to use etc.
EDEC-262, in-class comic book: Teacher Says What???