When I think back in my days in school as my friends and I hid our comics in our desks or lockers so the teachers would not confiscate them or we would get a lecture of how comics would rot our brains
“These books have zero educational value!”
But I can tell you that comics actually enhanced my learning in such subjects as: English and Grammar, Teachers always thought that their were a lot of slang words and a lot of misspelling, however comics were and still are proof read and checked for misspellings, grammar and punctuation. Also while there is some slang words, this could be a good topic to bring up since comics can reflect the language of the time.
Comic Books peeked my interest in reading, and they also helped me in the subject of English,
It was through comics I discovered such words as “Adamantium”, a word I not only learned how to spell but also peeked my curiousity, thus I did my research and while it turned out that Adamantiumwas ficticous element, I did learn that the root word “Adamant.”
Definition is: Unbreakable, or Adamantine combined with the neo-Latin suffix “ium” resembles the naming form of many chemical elements.
This was part of the fun of reading comics for me as a kid, to find a new word and then research to see if there was actually a real meaning behind the word, by doing this process, it increased my vocabulary and also aided me in learning how to research information.
This is just one example of how comics added to my education, and after many years it seems that teachers, and schools, and even libraries are beginning to see the benefits of using comics and graphic novels as an additional teaching tool.
The majority of the grades that are using comics in the classroom are 5th-12th, this shows that the age range covers a wide area of interest.
Grades And Subjects
Teachers from all grade levels and subjects are using comics in their classrooms, the grade range is from Elementary 4th-5th, then through Junior High to High School
Comics can be applied to many subjects such as: English, Foreign Language, Science, and even in Spanish and ESL classes, and can be used to coincide with lesson plans that can be created by the teacher or they can be provided by websites, or teachers can even get advice from comic book dealers or retailers.
Comics span many genres so it makes it easy to find a comic book or graphic novel, below there are a few subjects that can match up with comics:
5th-6th Grade English And Literature – Classic Illustrated (Many publishers have printed these titles 1990 Series Recommended) and a newer series called Marvel Illustrated are a ideal for these grades and age groups, these titles can be used to enhance the story or novel that the student is reading, the issues can also bring the material more to life, also the issues can help those students that may be struggling in reading or comprehension by matching the words with illustrations.
7th-12th Grade English And Literature- The Classic Illustrated titles are still good, however in many classes of this grade group, many teachers are using a series of Marvel titles “Ultimate” line, these titles include: Ultimate Spider-Man, Ultimate X-Men, and Ultimate Fantastic Four.
These issues have been well received in both classrooms and libraries, with the most popular being Ultimate Spider-Man, the title covers Peter Parker’s early days in a more modern landscape than the mainstream books, teachers are sing these titles to discuss not only story lines but also have discussions concerning the characters and the choices that were made through the comic.