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Comics in the Classroom: Using Sequential Art to Enhance Literacy

A Thesis Submitted to the Sequential Art Department In Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Fine Arts Savannah College of Art and Design

By: Jay Peteranetz
This paper argues the validity of comics as a tool for teaching literacy in today’s modern classrooms. It discusses how comics can help learning readers become literate Americans. It provides teachers definitions of integral terms that must be understood to read and discuss comics. It then uses the Common Core Standards, the most commonly accepted standards for United States public school systems, to talk about an excellent age-­‐ appropriate comic. The purpose of this paper is to give teachers a starting point to help reading become more interactive, entertaining, and enjoyable for all school-­‐age students. Download thesis here.