Why do we think less of a graphic novel?

Why did we have to dignify comics with the term “graphic novels?” And even picture books are not as valued as chapter books, it seems. What is this idea about academics being superior to and excluding art?

As far as writing goes, drawing is writing, and it preceded written literature.

In a world where most news is being presented live on site or by a video, wouldn’t school teachers do well to ensure their students are visually literate and can produce visual content?

The expressive ability of young students is sometimes stifled by insisting on correct sentences in paragraphs rather than using drawing with writing.

The social justice power in many current graphic novels for YA is going to be overlooked if every middle and high school English section is going to read the same text only literature.

I’m so grateful for teachers who are exploring graphic novelists.

But I’m noticing that some people still think it’s second class reading material.

3 thoughts on “Why do we think less of a graphic novel?”

  1. I personally LOVE graphic novels and I get questioned so often about an adult reading a ‘comic book’. It makes me so angry. I think Graphic Novels are so interesting and complex. I am happy that they are beginning to gain a better reputation.

  2. My son is in second grade and bounces between graphic novels for kids, his “old” picture books, and chapter books, depending on the mood he is in. He always reads the words along with looking at the pictures. I think many teachers feel that kids will “cheat” and skate through on just the pictures instead of reading the work, and that is just silly. As an AP English Language teacher, I get to include visual literacy and analysis of images (with and without text attached) as part of my curriculum. We always have fun, and for some students, the visuals are a way into a type of deep thought that they are flummoxed by when we do the more traditional texts. Graphic novels are great!

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