Developing Disciplinary Literacy Practices with Comics: Highlighting Students’ Strengths, Questionings, and Knowings in School Spaces

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Teaching with Comics : Empirical, Analytical, and Professional Experiences.


This chapter explores how comics were successfully positioned in three different classrooms, challenging school norms and supporting disciplinary literacy practices. We ask: In what ways does reading comics across content areas support disciplinary literacy practices? Our work occurred across a range of age levels and subject areas, and across diverse school settings. A group of seventh-grade students read The Black Death in social studies, #foodcrisis was used in high school science, and fifth-grade ELA students read El Deafo. Work across these spaces led to our consideration of disciplinary literacy practices and how such practices could be supported by comics.