With the theater release of The Dark Knight Rises and continuing interest in The Avengers, comic books have made a strong comeback this summer. Although teachers have previously taken a dim view of comics, these graphic-driven books have become more widely accepted as “real reading.”
Previously, educators were concerned that kids who read comics or other “light” fare would never move on to heavier titles. Research proved otherwise: as children read more, their interests expand.
Now, some literacy experts even applaud comics as a reading motivator. That’s good news, especially for reluctant middle graders who are struggling to finish a certain number of pages before school begins.