Including Graphic Novels in a Library Collection
English, Jeffrey B.
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Teaching literacy is an important part of education; however, some students are reluctant to read. This research was aimed at determining if graphic novels are a valuable reading material for high school students. In order to answer the research goals, the researcher opted to obtain the view of students on this subject. Specifically, a total of 36 respondents from two separate classes were self-selected to make up the sample. The research was conducted in a midsized high school in a suburb of a Midwestern city. It involved co-teaching with an English teacher Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to a class of high school English I students. The students were placed in these classes because they needed additional support in the subject area of English. The findings indicate that graphic novels improve reading skills, help struggling readers, offer many benefits in the classroom, and should be included in a library collection.