I recently watched an episode of Girl Meets World on the Disney Channel. I know I may be little outside the demographic for that show, but in fairness I did grow up watching its parent show, Boy Meets World. The episode I watched centered on a new English teacher using comic books in the classroom even after being told to stick to the set curriculum. The idea was to show students that there are lessons to be learned even in thing we do not consider academic, like comic books.
In the last decade, I have noticed a shift from traditional literature to more contemporary works that would not have previously been considered appropriate in an academic setting. Last school year a friend’s daughter completed a book report on the Hunger Games. I am almost certain that when I was her age I would not have been allowed to complete a book report on something similar. I think it is great that teachers are beginning to reach students on their level and use materials that they find interesting. Learning happens when students are engaged and interested.
I started thinking about this topic when I saw a post on Edutopia.org referencing several videos linking comic books to learning opportunities. Do you think comic books and other young adult novels can be used in the classroom? How would you incorporate them into your lessons?