Comics in the Classroom

Comics are a powerful teaching tools that provide educators with engaging visual content to support all learners. Not only are the appealing and kid-friendly, they provide an opportunity for reluctant readers to visualize as they read, as well as providing a means for reluctant writers to communicate a story with a beginning, middle, and end. There has been a lot of attention focusing on the benefits of using comics in the classroom. Here are some resources for getting started:

Rationale for use:
Tom Hark and Lori Weinstein have created a list of ways comics relate to Multiple Intelligences on their Story Ark blog, which I have captured and republished here:

http://www.tomhart.net/storyark/comics/multiple.html
 Story Ark Comics, Manga and Flash Teaching via kwout

Free and User-Friendly Web 2.0 Tools: Create Your Own Comics
Click below to view my collection of Cool Tools for Creating Comics in the Classroom on Scoop It.

http://www.scoop.it/t/cool-tools-for-comics-in-the-classroom/js?format=square&numberOfPosts=10&title=Cool%20Tools%20for%20Comics%20in%20the%20Classroom&speed=3&mode=normal&width=250




Good Collections of Comics Lesson Plans and More:

  1. ReadWriteThink Access a variety of great user submitted lesson plans and resources on this site.
  2. National Association of Comics Art Educators
    A rich resource complete with lesson plans, study guides, sample scripts, handouts and connections to comics teachers.
     
  3. Comics in the Classroom
    Lesson plans with a comics theme.
  4. The Graphic Classroom Blog
    A blog for teachers and librarians that is dedicated to providing resources for using high quality comics for classroom instruction.