story by the visual elements of graphic novels” (Jones). Having more visual elements in a book can help non-active readers feel less overwhelmed when reading. Comic books and graphic novels are educational because it is a unique way for struggling students to improve their reading skills. “The pictures in a comic provide clues as to what unfamiliar words might mean” (“Comic Books”). Understanding context clues is a very important skill for any student to know. In addition, comic books can be used as a tool to aid in learning this skill.
Sinclair2 One major criticism toward comics and graphic novels is that they are too violent. However, violent imagery in comics and graphic novels are way to display serious conflict. Just like movies, comics and graphic novels can have age restriction based on the violents that is being portrayed in a book. Visual storytelling brings a new insight to reading by finding a unique way to approach complex topics and themes. Also, it helps represent an unorthodox way to traditional books (Jones). “Graphic novels are likely to have as many, or even more, complex ideas as traditional books” (“Comic Books”). Currently, things are becoming digitized. As a result, visual storytelling is being more recognized as well. According article to “Teaching with Graphic Novels” by George Jones. The article talks about how graphic novels can still contain all aspects of a school book. An example of this would be keeping a content flow from benign to end, having conflict between characters, showing strong character development (Jones). Many people pick
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