Education Is Everywhere
Education is everywhere – at the grocery store, in the back yard, in the kitchen, at the movies – everywhere, just waiting to happen.
Learning is part of living, as is teaching. We all learn and we all teach every day.
With a little imagination, a little creativity, anything can be turned into a teaching tool. I once gave workshop attendees paper plates and said, “Teach me something using a paper plate.” The ideas were endless. So, it was not hard for me to imagine using comic books to teach, a much easier tool than a plain paper plate!
Here are three different ways to use comic books to teach.
Comic Books As Textbooks
Language arts activities applied to a comic book turn the comic book into the “textbook” – and add a lot of fun!
Comic Books For Research
Students can research subjects in comic books and then use other resources, such as the internet, to gather more information to prepare reports and presentations.
The subjects that can be investigated are as endless as the topics and themes covered in the books. Here are some that come to mind:
Comic Books As Inspiration
Comic books can be the inspiration behind all types of creative projects. After reading and familiarizing themselves with comic books, students can...
Create a plan that incorporates all three ways of learning with comic books. Plan to use the books as a textbook, and then have students do some research and complete a creative project based upon the research.
Whether using comic books as the textbook, for research, or for inspiration, students will find the learning unique, interesting, and exciting!
What comes to mind when you think of comic books?
Your favorite superhero? Cool graphics? The collection in your closet? Think broader… what about the superhero Halloween costume, the movie, video game, and favorite amusement park ride?
A person that has never read a comic book in their life has still been touched by them!
Comic books are intergenerational, universal & influential!
The first comic books were produced in the 1930s. They have been enjoyed by many generations and in many lands. Marvel and DC comic books have been translated into all of the major world languages including Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Chinese, and the list goes on.
Comic books and their superheroes permeate our culture, especially the world of entertainment, a world that fosters imagination, creativity, and enjoyment.
Take just 5 minutes to list all of the industries that have been influenced by comic books and their superheroes. The results will impress you! (Hint: clothing, music, household goods...)
Can there be a better educational tool than one that is intergenerational, universal, influential and fun?
Okay, comic books are cool tools, but what can you teach with them? Whatever you want!
Yes, serious subjects can be taught via comic books, which are accessible & attractive to students!
Unleash the power of comic books with your students and find out how fun education can be!
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