Ollie Bray on the allure of graphic novels and Manga culture
More teachers are seeing the merits of using graphic novels to enhance teaching and learning. Unlike conventional texts, graphic novels are more accessible as they allow children to see the emotions on the characters’ faces. They are colourful, exciting and captivating. And now they can now be used on computers and online.
There are lots of types of graphic novels on the market but two series could quickly find a place on any English teacher’s bookshelves - Manga Shakespeare and Classical Comics. And software programs like Comic Life can be used for students to personalise the images for their own stories.