Comics are good learning materials to use in your classroom. The use of comics in instruction has several educational benefits for students, Carol L. Tilley, a professor of library and information science at the University of Illinois, believes that comics improve students reading comprehension, and foster vocabulary and a love of reading.
There are several ways teachers can use comics in the classroom. Makebeliefs (one of my favourite comic resources) has compiled this list of 21 tips to use their comics in the classroom. I have gone through this selection and found it really worth sharing with you. By the way these tips apply to comics obtained from any other resource and not only Makebeliefs.
Here is a brief round up of these tips and I recommend that you read this article for more details.
- CREATE AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL COMIX
- PRACTICE NEW VOCABULARY WORDS
- PROMOTE TEAM COLLABORATION
- PRACTICE CONVERSATION SKILLS
- SOCIAL SKILLS TRAINING
- FOREIGN LANGUAGE PRACTICE
- PRINT OR EMAIL: VALIDATE STUDENT EFFORTS
- INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING
- CREATE DAILY COMIX DIARIES
- CREATE SERIALIZED COMIC STRIPS
- LIFE SKILLS PRACTICE
- LOCAL OR NATIONAL NEWS IMMERSION
- JUST FOR FUN
- PUBLIC SPEAKING PRACTICE
- STRENGTHEN CONFLICT RESOLUTION SKILLS
- DAILY CLASSROOM THEME TIE-IN
- FAMILY BONDING AND COMMUNICATION
- JUMPSTART CREATIVITY WITH STORY BOARDSUNDERSTANDING LITERARY CHARACTER PERSPECTIVES
- MENU OF WRITING PROMPTS / TOOLs