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Title

Fifth graders' enjoyment, interest, and comprehension of graphic novels compared to heavily-illustrated and traditional novels

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Comprehension, Graphic novels

Journal/Book/Conference Title

International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education

Volume

6

Issue

2

First Page

257

Last Page

274

Abstract

The comparative effectiveness of graphic novels, heavily illustrated novels, and traditional novels as reading teaching tools has been sparsely researched. During the 2011-2012 school year, 24 mixed-ability fifth grade students chose to read six novels: two traditional novels, two highly illustrated novels and two graphic novels. Students participated in discussion groups structured with thinking skills, and completed assignments during and after reading the books. Student comprehension and enjoyment were measured by rubric-graded assignments and rating scales. The numbers of student responses during discussions per type of novel were tabulated. The graphic novel received the highest scores in all categories. The researchers conclude that graphic novels be considered an engaging and effective method of teaching reading to fifth graders.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2014

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