Miracles in the classroom: How to engage all levels of readers using multi-modal literacy
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Connelly, Kelly. 2016. Miracles in the classroom: How to engage all levels of readers using multi-modal literacy. --In Proceedings: 12th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 36
Students hate reading. Studies show that students report a decline in reading for enjoyment starting in 6th grade, by the time students reach high school they spend less than an hour on average reading for enjoyment. Through research, combined with data collected in my classroom, graphic novels have proven to be a way to reengage students who have grown to dislike reading. Graphic novels are classified as mutli-modal literature, which is literature that goes beyond just words. Multi-modal literature can actively engage all levels of readers while also meeting 21st century literacy needs. When students are more engaged, it increases their comprehension, enjoyment, and interest in the subject. Graphic novels help struggling readers learn to love reading and help challenge advanced readers in new ways.
Presented to the 12th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Heskett Center, Wichita State University, April 29, 2016.
Research completed at Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education