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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Comics in the Classroom

It seems comic books are migrating to the classroom. Recently, the first trade paperback volume of Jeff Smith’s comics creation "Bone" was solicited to elementary schools around the nation by Scholastic Books. Scholastic has even dedicated a web page to the long-running independent work. Not a surprise that someone would eventually realize the jewel that is Smith’s brain child, and it’s potential to excite young (and old, for that matter) readers.

Various articles I’ve read recently also indicate that comics are becoming a more common tool for teachers in helping students learn to read. I won’t attempt to link to all of them here; just Google "teachers comic books", and you’ll see what I mean.

More than once, in Suspended Animation I’ve alluded to my opinion of comics as potentially useful in sharpening students’ reading skills, by indicating what I considered logical "classroom comics" selections. Okay, upon looking, I guess it was ONLY once. But I always MEANT to do it multiple times, and I’m doing so now. Some of my Classroom Comics selections (complete with links to my reviews) are as follows: Bone, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Amazing High Adventure, The Castaways, Moby Dick, Paleo, and Usagi Yojimbo, to name just a few. I'll mention more in future posts, I'm sure.

Also, my next entry will be concerned with sequential art works which would translate well to the big (or small) screen. And, I feel fairly secure in saying there will be some suggestions you've never heard anywhere else.