Elementary teacher, Chris Wilson, claims that comic books changed his life. After immersing himself in comic books as a child, Wilson no longer felt frustrated, bored and over all unenthused about reading but began to enjoy reading immensely. He uses comic books in his classroom and is a huge advocate for the use of comics in the classrooms everywhere (Wilson). Robin Moellor explains “that graphic novels help students develop a taste for reading.” He also rearguards that graphic novels “serve as a bridge to other types of literature”, which is fundamentally important in understanding the roles comic books and graphic novels could serve in primary education. While comic books and graphic novels remain a fairly untapped educational resource, they are making their way into classrooms and into the hands of students as mediums for number of educational reasons. Between the substantial role that comics could play in assisting special needs and ESOL students in learning to read and the literary value of graphic novels in English classes it’s a wonder that they haven’t flowed into every classroom. In the present, where the world is changing faster, communicating differently and reaching out to every corner of the Earth, it is imperative that classrooms reach along with it. With the combination of art, words, and stories, comic books and graphic novels will prove to be an invaluable asset to learning of all kinds and for all ages.
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