Class, Please Open Your Comics

Class, Please Open Your Comics

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Comics and sequential art are increasingly in use in college classrooms. Multimodal, multimedia and often collaborative, the graphic narrative format has entered all kinds of subject areas and its potential as a teaching tool is still being realized. This collection of new essays presents best practices for using comics in various educational settings, beginning with the basics. Contributors explain the need for teachers to embrace graphic novels. Multimodal composition is demonstrated by the use of comics. Strategies are offered for teachers who have struggled with weak visual literacy skills among students. Student-generated comics are discussed with several examples. The teaching of postmodern theories and practices through comics is covered. An appendix features assignment sheets so teachers can jump right in with proven exercises.More broadly, though, the reflection essays helped us see the way in which the graphic narrative project, paired with the reflection ... fresh again for students and helps them understand the way that returning to previously covered material can be enriching and constructive. ... Conclusion. We have found that incorporating comics and graphic novels into our classroom has reinvigorated our pedagogy andanbsp;...

Title:Class, Please Open Your Comics
Author:Matthew L. Miller is an associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina Aiken. He has published articles on multicultural literature and comics in Ethnic Studies Review, The Comics Journal, and the International Journal of Comic Art, and lives in Graniteville, South Carolina.
Publisher:McFarland - 2015-04-23


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