There’s a comic book store in my small town. I never went in it until recently; it’s located right next to the tattoo parlor and gives off a rather shady vibe. Boys lurk about (many tattooed) with paper bags that carry their latest comic-book purchase.
I had always thought those who loved comic books and graphic novels were a small faction of collectors who obsessed over the drawings and the details of vintage Superman stories: kind of like that lazy, overweight, weirdly obsessive guy on The Simpsons.
Other than considering the shop a place I wasn’t particularly interested in entering because its clientele scared me and I’m not really into comic books, I didn’t give it much thought. Now, I’m glad it’s in our small town. Comic books can be literary gems that entice struggling readers into becoming literate, creative, and imaginative beings.
Comic Books are Educational Tools
Comic books are slowly becoming a
As the school year begins back home in the US, it will be winding to an end at the school where I volunteer in South Africa. Summer vacation begins here in December, just in time for the holidays and New Year's Day on the beach – something this New Yorker will never get used to!
So with three months left of school – only two of which I will likely have their attention, since few things are more distracting to them than an approaching vacation – I am thinking about what worked with my students so far this year and what I could have done better. This is a good time to revisit the goals set at the beginning of the school year:
In my recent post, Summer Reading Suggestions for Boys, several people responded with questions about finding adult literature for their teenage boys to read. I came up with some suggestions myself, as did others. And I stand by my position that teens can and should be introduced to adult literature! However, let’s not disregard adolescent lit altogether just yet.
There is a definite, though debated and not widely recognized literacy gap in the United States between males and females. You will probably not be surprised to know that this gap widens even further when we consider African American Boys.
How We Are Failing Black Boys
Read this excerpt from the article Are schools failing black boys? by Celeste Fremon & Stephaine Renfrow Hamilton: