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Love'em But Prepare'em

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I've used GNs and comics in my courses for years (from literature, history, and cultural studies courses). They're great. But a big mistake most new people do when first using a comic book is that they don't explain and discuss how to read a comic. Failure to do this often loses a lot of students. Borrowing from McCloud or developing your on approach, it's essential to explain not only how to read a page, but to understand things like closure and the interrelation of word and image.

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Lance
Coordinator of Instructional Design, North Shore Community College
http://nscclets.blog.com

Math and science anime series

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I just want to draw attention to the Manga series. I use it in my high school math classroom where I believe it helps to bring Math into a world that many of my students are able to relate to. Here is the link nostarch.com/manga. I most recently used the Manga Guide to Statistics but there are many others including calculus, linear algebra, biochemistry, physics...

Student Services officer at Swinburne University, Melbourne (12/1/12)

English for International Students

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I live in the multicultural society of Australia. We have a large number of international students here. In my opinion comics or graphic novells would be a great way to attract international students to actually learn better English. The beauty about comics and graphic novells is, that the text supports the pictures. So even if you don't understand the text within a frame, you may get the idea from the graphic behind the text bubbles as part of the entire story. Of course, not every comic would be suitable for every age group, but there are lots of adult comics (I mean sophisticated story lines rather than porn here) like the Blacksad series, classics like Ray Banana and also the TinTin series with a continuing story line from start to end.

ESL/bilingual education specialist and blogger for the WIDA Consortium

Comics for ELLs

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You make some excellent points about the benefits of using comics in the classroom. One of the most arduous tasks for secondary ELL teachers is finding materials that cover the same topics (prejudice, personification, etc) but at a level that our ELLs can understand in English. I could see how comics could fill a need in certain units of instruction. Thanks!

Barcelona

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two years ago I wrote a post about the comic in the classroom. There were many proposals http://www.unamadewebs.com/bloc/?p=1 - It's in catalan, but now google translates to other languages directly-

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