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Reading Comics (and Webtoons!) to Build Literacy
« on: May 07, 2020, 08:32:17 PM »

Comics are a great way to help students build literacy, particularly for students that are less interested in the types of materials that are presented in typical reading and writing classes.

The website below provides some ways that comics help build literacy along with some activities to help students read comic books and build literacy through the use of comic books. Below I have also listed a few of my own suggestions to add to these suggestions.

Drawing Inferences

The article mentions that in comic books readers are expected to draw inferences about what has happened between each picture. For this activity, teachers should choose two consecutive comic squares between which some time has elapsed. Teachers should then instruct students to draw comic books squares or write a a brief description of what has happened between the two consecutive squares.Descriptive Writing and/or Genre AnalysisTeachers can instruct students to write a comic in prose. In other words, the students looks at the comic and then uses descriptive writing techniques to write the story. The following day the teacher and students could talk about the two different styles of literature and what makes each one effective and how the mode of a text effects the narrative. Style
For more advanced students, teachers could encourage students to pay attention to individual authors' styles both in drawing and in writing. After reading several authors, the teacher could have students try to identify pictures and dialogues by author. This can help them be more aware of their own style in their writing as well.

Other thought: Also to get students reading, many comics called webtoons are available on phones via easy to use apps. They are very popular in East Asia, but are now available in English as well.( [size=78%][/size]) They are a great way for learners to practice reading in another language without spending a long amount of time. Pictures also help when a learner does not have strong vocabulary skills.  And unlike novels, many webtoons use more colloquial forms of speech, which students may not encounter frequently in the classroom.