My students need books such as "Beowolf," "Romeo and Juliet," "Macbeth: The Graphic Novel" and "Maus I: A Survivor4's Tale My Father Bleeds History," with lots of visuals and simplified text!
Reading grade-level material is a struggle for high school students with learning disabilities.
I teach English in a special day program.
Most of my students have learning disabilities (often multiple disabilities). Many have experienced great anxiety when they are forced to read something. As a result, they often act out to create a diversion, or shut down and don’t even try to read. They feel embarrassed that they can't compete on the same level as their peers. I believe that my students can compete with their general education peers; they just need the right materials.
My students need books such as Beowolf, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth: The Graphic Novel and MausI A Survivor4's Tale My Father Bleeds History, with lots of visuals and simplified text! I strive to ensure that my students don’t miss out on what the rest of their peers are learning because of their learning disabilities. It is my goal to teach the same material as the general education English teachers. However, this becomes a challenge when students are reading at a level far below their current grade level and have processing deficits. Some of the core pieces of literature, such as Shakespeare, are a challenge even for the most gifted teen. Graphic novels (comic book adaptations of original works) are a great way for students with learning disabilities to access general education curriculum because of all the visuals and simplified text.
These graphic novels will decrease my students' anxiety and increase their confidence as readers.
No high school student should miss out on essential literature. This project will help me level the playing field and expose my students to the same material that the rest of the school gets to experience.
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