Minding the Gap: Comics as Scaffolding for Critical Literacy Skills in the Classroom is an article written by Stephanie Vie and Brandy Dieterle. The main purpose of the article is to discuss the educational importance of comics. Comics have not always held an educational reputation. Many people discredit the actual value of comic books or graphic novels, claiming they are easy reads. View and Dieterle argue that comic books have a useful place in the classroom, and that they encourage critical literacy, creativity, and thoughtfulness. Writing studies have proved that comics have strong rhetoric and compositional value. The article includes Scott McCloud’s definition of comics, which states that comics are “Juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence, intended to convey information and/or to produce an aesthetic response in the viewer.” It’s important to note that comic books combine the use of visual and textual elements to enhance the reading experience and to convey the intended idea.
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- Fall '08
- Comic book, comic books