In the past decades , graphic novels were considered a sort of counter-culture. They were thought of as inferior, non-academic alternatives to “serious” literature. Over time, however, they have gained more and more acceptance. At MBIS we now keep them at hand and teachers even utilize them in the classroom. In fact, it has been shown that graphic novels actually encourage reading rather than detract from it. They sometimes feature powerful narratives and imagery and can therefore be adapted to any collection, classroom or curriculum.
Some students reject traditional books because they have difficulty comprehending what they read. Though they see the words, they cannot process them i
nto an image inside their head. The ELA students at MBIS chose different graphic novels to read for their unit on “Narratives”. These novels have given them an opportunity to explore those classics which were read by the Language A students.
Following the story with pictures and the usage of mature language gave them the confidence to comprehend some novels like ‘The Invisible Man’, ‘ The Call of the Wild’, ‘Twenty thousand Leagues under the Sea’.
The students enjoyed reading these novels and to show their enthusiasm and love for graphic novels, they created objects from their stories to be displayed in the library. They have made a visible connection between the value of hands-on learning and the value of introducing literacy and how those two can support each other.
Ms Taskeen Shaikh / Ms Sunita Malekar