Magazine article NATE Classroom

Using Comic Art to Improve Speaking, Reading and Writing

Magazine article NATE Classroom

Using Comic Art to Improve Speaking, Reading and Writing

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Using Comic Art to Improve Speaking, Reading and Writing

Steve Bowkett and Tony Hitchman

Routledge 2012

ISBN 9780415675512

Paperback 19.99 [pounds sterling]

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Let me declare something before I start this review; I read graphic novels. Even today, despite the sophistication and development of the medium, there is stiff a stigma attached to reading comic books which perhaps leads to them being overlooked in some classrooms as a source to develop literacy skills. Whether it's relevant or not, it is important to point out because it would be a real shame for practitioners to overlook this particular resource.

Bowkett and Hitchman, clearly and creatively, explore how comic art can be used for the benefit of learners. As they point out in their introduction and afterword, the form can be used to enable students to organise their ideas, think creatively, explore different narratives and develop metacognitive thinking skills via visual literacy. …

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