My students need alternative methods of reading classic canonical literature in a format that is more relevant and comprehensive to them.
I teach English to eleventh grade students in a diverse, public high school in Chattanooga, TN. My students come from various places, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Each student brings his or her own perspective of the world and their place inside of it. My students enjoy discussing relevant, societal issues and want to work on projects and activities they can relate to and find meaning in.
At this pivotal point in their cognitive development, my students often find school to be a chore and lose motivation in traditional environments.
In my classroom, I try to encourage alternative ways of thinking by engaging students in seminars, debates, choice projects, hand-on activities, creative inquiry, and social action projects. Students enjoy this freedom and take initiative to become better communicators in order to be successful in the 21st century.
During adolescence, when reading motivation declines, is ironically the time when reading becomes a basis for performance across all subject areas. It is at this point in their development that adolescents face a myriad of social and academic pressures, from a variety of external and internal sources. Lack of desire to read and impatience with reading can turn into little time reading texts and inadequate literary acquisition. Furthermore, poor reading skills have a significant impact on students’ post-school opportunities. Motivating students to read and engaging them in the reading process is essential to building critical thinking skills and communication skills required to be successful in the twenty-first century.
Using these graphic novels will not only connect the students to historical events and ideologies, but will show them how themes and characters transcend time and place.
Working with graphic novels will create situational interest in the classroom and engage students in the reading process, which will help me develop their critical thinking skills, comprehension skills, and communication skills.
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