Graphic novels and comic books cover topics from superheroes to historical events, capturing complex ideas through a unique combination of text and illustrations. Students create an original story or recount an historical event by combining creative writing skills and drawing techniques.
Research Connection A growing body of research focuses on how the brain processes the combination of images and text. When students read visual narratives, the activity in the brain is similar to how readers comprehend text-based sentences. However, when students learn to read graphic novels with a more analytical eye, depth and complexity are added to the reading and critical thinking processes.