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Resources,  June 17, 2008

A New Literary Hero: Comics Make for Colorful Learning

"First graders in the after-school program at the Bronx's PS 90 spent part of last school year working collaboratively to create a comic book called The Bionic Butterfly. The title character, infected with pollutants, turned into a very strong, intelligent superhero butterfly with a mission to warn insects -- and humans -- about the dangers facing Earth's environment.

This year, groups of kindergartners, first graders, and fourth graders are writing and drawing comics on the topic of bullying. 'The kids get to color and draw, which they love to do anyway,' says Claudia Bostick, after-school coordinator at the school, whose program is funded by the After School Corporation and the Bronx's Citizens Advice Bureau. 'We can sneak in other art lessons in that context. And for literacy, it's great. This encourages them to tell stories, to write stories, and to listen better.'

The program receives some help. The Comic Book Project, hosted by Columbia University's Teachers College, supports the kids in their efforts. And according to Bostick, the project has increased the desire of her students at this low-performing school to learn reading."

URL: http://www.edutopia.org/comic-books-teaching-literacy
Posted by wrivenburgh on June 17, 2008 | Resources
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