I’m preparing for a session I will be leading at an MLTI Summer Institute and I realized that it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything to this blog. My session is all about promoting literacy with cartoons, comics and graphic novels. Maybe I’ll find a way to use this blog as I try to stir up a little interest in the topic. I’ve done a short (one hour) presentation on this topic in the past but this one will be three-hours long with opportunities for some hands-on work.
I think many teachers are still skeptical about using comics in their teaching and my challenge will be to prove that comic art has a legitimate place in a well-rounded literacy program. I hope the topic will appeal to teachers in all subject areas. I’ve been thinking a lot about using comics for teaching ESL students. I may start with this quote:
“I’ve always said that I learned the English I know through two sources — Marvel Comics and Finnegans Wake.” – Umberto Eco