Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Preteens--Books and reading; Graphic novels; Fiction;
Student engagement in novels is a key factor in whether or not a student can be successful in reading. The purpose of this study was to analyze student engagement with graphic novels and traditional novels, and to describe any preferences students had when selecting novels to read independently. The study was centered around two questions: How does the reading of graphic novels impact the level of reading engagement? Do students prefer the use of graphic novels over traditional novels within their own independent reading? The study consisted of interviewing eleven sixth grade students about a graphic novel that they picked to read over the course of four weeks. The intent of this study was to see how graphic novels compared to traditional novels, in terms of reading engagement and student preference. It was found that participants preferred reading graphic novels over traditional novels, and that participants could remember overall plot details of their graphic novels, but could not remember specific character details.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Division of School Library Studies
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Joan Bessman Taylor, PhD.- Graduate Faculty First Reader
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©2019 Melissa Felsenthal
Felsenthal, Melissa, "Student engagement within the use of graphic novels" (2019). Graduate Research Papers. 1023.