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It would seem sir that a diverse cross section of your teaching peers greatly disagree with your assessment.
I came into kindergarten reading the Dr. Suess books. Not having them read to me, but reading them. I had no pre-school. A teacher did not have to teach me how to read. By 4th grade I was reading at a college level mainly I believe because of my love of comic books and the fact that I looked up words they used, I learned to understand subjects in context. I took the time to digest not only the 4 color images but the text. On Saturdays I was able to come into town with my parents until my mom was off work at about 1:00 pm. I would buy my weekly comics at the drug store and pack them away for home and then go to the community library which opened at 9am. I would read 1-2 books and check out my allowed 5 for the week. No teacher made me do this. To even imply you need a teacher to develop the skill set is to short sell the accomplishments of many children and take a very narrow viewpoint, which sadly I am sensing is a theme with you (I saw your snarky "if this is the best the genre has to offer..." comment about Maus on the previous thread) Why do the books have to appeal to you sir? Why are you not allowing yourself to see graphic novels as a teaching tool. I personally am not a fan of O' Henry. That doesn't mean I don't see the merit of his stories or the use of them in teaching. I guess I am having a very hard time seeing how having such a closed mind on this is of any benefit to a teacher. Aren't you there for the children's sake, not to fuel your own perceptions? You are coming across as very pompous and honestly sir as quite unwilling to actually use the most important tool my greatest teachers had...their sense of hearing. Best to you. Shane
If I was to give you the following credentials for a book would you be intrigued to read it? 1986 National Book Critics Circle National Book Critics Circle Award Nominated 1988 Angoulême International Comics Festival Awards Religious Award: Christian Testimony Won Urhunden Prize Foreign Album Won 1990 Max & Moritz Prizes Special Prize Won 1992 Pulitzer Prize Special Awards and Citations - Letters Won[10] National Book Critics Circle National Book Critics Circle Award Nominated 1993 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction Won Urhunden Prize Foreign Album. Won These are the accolades for Maus volumes 1 and 2. Just saying.
If you believe for one second that the likes of those on the Jersey Shore or those who follow it and replicate it would for one second understand the Cold War musings of Alan Moore's Watchmen or the feelings of Spiegelman's Pulitzer Prize winning Maus then it is obviously evident that you have not studied the genre. I give talks at local libraries in South Dakota extolling the virtues of graphic storytelling. Using the genre to lead middle school aged children (especially boys) to literature. There is no need to step outside the Graphic genre to touch on any number of subjects pertinent to the education of today's youth based on any number of curriculum. Shakespeare -Neil Gaimans Sandman: The Dream Country which includes the World Fantasy Award Winning "A Midsummer's Nights Dream" The Middle East-Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi a biographical account of the authors growing up in Iran leading up to and including the Islamic Revolution. Blankets by Craig Thompson as pertinent a biographical coming of age book as any in modern literature. I could go on and on with examples but without you stepping into the genre, past your very poorly formed preconceived notions there will be no convincing you. Think past the idea of "pictures" and "capes" and take the time to open up your mind to an amazing opportunity to stimulate the minds of students and use the genre as a teaching tool. Shane
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