Bob McLeod, an artist/cartoonist for Marvel and DC Comics Spiderman, Batman and X-Men for 40 years, knows just how to engage reluctant readers as shown during his Colorado Council International Rea
Bob McLeod, an artist/cartoonist for Marvel and DC Comics Spiderman, Batman and X-Men for 40 years, knows just how to engage reluctant readers as shown during his Colorado Council International Reading Association (CCIRA) workshop. He recommends using superheroes to get kids excited about reading and writing.
Comics used in the classroom are no longer seen as “trash literature” but as a way to attract kids to English, Social Studies/History and Science. Kids with ADD benefit greatly from comics since they tend to focus on comics and read more than they would otherwise. Comics are both motivating and visual and could be used at practically every grade level and every subject. Comics are gaining ground in education—even a physics professor taught science and comics book course! At one school, ESL (English as a Second Language) was replaced with Calvin and Hobbs comic books! Classic novels are being turned into graphic novels which seem to be of interest to girls. He recommended comics to be used as teaching aids and recommended several websites (i.e. Science in School, Teaching Degree.org, www.HUMBLECOMICS.com) and books (i.e., Reading with Pictures) for teachers to use to develop lesson plans. Also, students might really enjoy a classroom or library decorated with superheroes because it puts them in a happy, involved and interested mood. Super heroes sound like a great idea to make reading and writing more action packed and fun!