Minding the Gap: Comics as Scaffolding for Critical Literacy Skills in the Classroom
Composition Forum Volume 33, Number 1, ISSN 1522-7502
Comics--both digital and print--increasingly make their way to the classroom. Scholars in the field have illustrated the pedagogical value of comics, but there remains little discussion as of yet about how comics can inform critical literacy, a necessary skill for twenty-first-century communication. Here the authors discuss an approach to first-year composition that argues for using comics, like Alison Bechdel's "Fun Home," as an avenue for grappling with critical literacy. This classroom activity was a part of a larger assignment sequence where students were asked to compose web-based literature reviews that incorporated multimodality. These literature reviews challenged students to incorporate multiple viewpoints into their essays, and critically discussing comics proved to be an effective method for fostering this critical literacy.
Vie, S. & Dieterle, B. (2016). Minding the Gap: Comics as Scaffolding for Critical Literacy Skills in the Classroom. Composition Forum, 33(1),.