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ALA Committee to Focus 2014 Banned Books Week On Comics & Graphic Novels

Educators agree that graphic novels are useful for teaching new vocabulary, visual literacy, and reading skills…Eric Kallenborn, who teaches English at Alan B. Shephard High School in Palos Heights, Illinois, saw that effect when he gave one group of his AP students a translation of the epic poem Beowulf and another group the graphic adaptation by Gareth Hinds (Candlewick, 2007). The students who read the graphic novel spent, on average, 3.5 hours less than the ones who read the full text, but they only scored an average of 4.5 percent lower on the test. (School Library Journal)

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