Archie comics archiecomics.com came to my school a few weeks ago!
It was totally awesome. Nancy Silberkleit the co-CEO of Archie Comics taught the students how comics were made. She also taught me a few interesting things about comics, she says,
"The power of comics helps to encourage literacy and creativity in children. Children love to read comic books and graphic novels and often endeavor to mimic the format with their own creations. Comics teach children about storytelling and exploring their artistic abilities through illustration. It is a natural progression for children, serving as a bridge to reading from the picture books of their younger years, to stimulate literacy and promote creativity by offering budding readers the opportunity to interact with comic books and graphic novels. Not only does she see comics as another genre to our choices in literacy but a powerful tool to stimulate and build today’s children into strong creative thinkers that are prepared to approach complex situations.
Every child is capable of becoming a Superman or Superwomen and making a powerful contribution to society. To attain that, children need to be proficient in reading".
Then my school sponsored an Archie Books comic sale, (thanks to Mr. Barrese)
my class was wildly excited !!!!!
So much so they begged me to allow, reading comics and writing them during their independent workshop time.
I decided that this is definitely one of those "teachable moments"
and I should really pull some lessons from this newly found phenomenon that was taking over my class!
At first, I showed them many different types of comics and comic books.
I included historical, political, classics, funny, (yes from the newspaper) superheroes, even new comics like Sonic the Hedgehog.
We discussed what is similar and different among the types of comics.