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Comics Redux
Reading Improvement (2006)
  • Ross B Sherman
For the past one hundred years, the American public has been entertained by the daily and the Sunday newspaper comic strips. The comics are now recognized as a legitimate and unique pop art form that chronicles the American culture. Research concerning reading interests and preferences provide evidence that the comics have a particular attraction to school age children. Reading research also provides evidence that comic art medium can be a viable instructional and recreational component in public and private schools' literacy curricula. The daily and Sunday comics possess a number of attributes that make them appealing to students and appropriate for instruction. Research evidence is cited that supports the accessibility, the suitability, and the readability of the comics' section of newspapers. This article provides a primary focus on the readability levels of 58 contemporary comic strips and cites specific web pages where weekly comics can be viewed. (Contains 3 tables.)
  • Reading Research,
  • Readability,
  • Student Motivation,
  • Cartoons,
  • Literacy
Publication Date
Winter 2006
Citation Information
Ross B Sherman. "Comics Redux" Reading Improvement Vol. 43 Iss. 4 (2006) p. 165 - 172 ISSN: ISSN-0034-0510
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