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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Developing Literacy Skills Through Comics & Graphic Novels

Over the last few months I've shared an ebook about digital storytelling with comics and a list of tools for digital storytelling with comics. This morning I found another great resource for teachers interested in teaching literacy skills through comics and graphic novels.

Comics in Education is a website run by Dr. Glen Downey for the purpose of sharing activities and ideas for using comics and graphic novels in literacy education. Head to the classroom section of the site to find five literacy skills development activities that can be completed online or offline. Those activities include wordless narratives, graphic poetry, cave art, visual note-taking, and symbolic language in words and images. In the classroom section you will also find curriculum connections and explanations of the rationale for using comics with all students.

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The documents in the classroom section of Comics in Education are hosted on Scribd. I have visited quite a few schools that block Scribd. If you visit Comics in Education and are unable to view the activity documents, check with your IT person to see about gaining access to Scribd.

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