3 Ways Graphic Novels Benefit Reading Skills

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By Scholastic Parents Staff
Oct 12, 2020

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3 Ways Graphic Novels Benefit Reading Skills

Oct 12, 2020

There are some myths about reading that tend to be perpetuated relentlessly. One of them: That graphic novels don’t count as “real reading.”

However, teachers and literacy experts disagree with this. Graphic novels will improve your child's reading skills like any other book would, and they are fantastic choices for reading outside of class. 

Here are three reasons you should encourage your child to read graphic novels throughout the year:

1. Graphic novels are full of text. Sure, they have drawings, illustrations, and sometimes photos, but they also have text that readers must actually decode, analyze, and comprehend.

With graphic novels, kids still must follow plots and character development. They must understand cause and effect, and they must learn about perspective. All of these things will improve their reading comprehension

2. Graphic novels are engaging. Often, especially for reluctant readers, graphic novels add the extra support kids need to help them through a text. They tend to be particularly captivating for kids, and the combination of text and pictures provides context for stories that they may otherwise not completely understand. 

3. Graphic novels are high-quality reading material. Just like traditional novels, graphic novels have exciting and complex plots, characters, and conflicts. The plots have twists and turns. Characters are developed and dynamic. Conflicts are presented, unwound, and resolved like they are in other texts. The only difference is that graphic novels have more images to support the development. 

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