Comic books as Curriculum.

| October 15, 2010

Title: The comic book curriculum : using comics to enhance learning and life 

Author : James Rourke. 

Publisher: Santa Barbara, California : Libraries Unlimited

Call number: PN6710 .R598 2010

From the Publisher:

What an intriguing idea! The Comic Book Curriculum: Using Comics to Enhance Learning and Life shows teachers how to use these ever-popular stories to enliven any classroom. The book does not suggest replacing classic works with comics. What it does offer is ideas and techniques for using comics to generate interest in a topic and for transferring that enthusiasm to more-traditional classroom lessons.

 The first section of the book introduces superheroes and the sometimes-surprising depth and thoughtfulness of comics. For example, it shows how the X-Men can be used to illuminate the Civil Rights movement, the dangers of fundamentalism, and the power of diversity. Similar treatment is afforded other popular characters such as Batman and Superman, and curriculum connections are made to topics that include the struggle between freedom and security, Norse mythology, the Holocaust, and nuclear disarmament. The second part of the book offers specific tools that will help teachers use comics as a welcome—and effective—doorway to learning.

About the author:

James Rourke has been a teacher for sixteen years and is dedicated to
helping teachers and students realize their potential. His two books reflect
this commitment. From my Classroom to Yours discusses his personal bout
with “teacher burnout” and the methods he used to regain his passion for
teaching and learning. The Comic Book Curriculum is an invigorating guide to
the use of familiar comic book heroes to hook student interest and bring your
existing curriculum to life in unexpected and rewarding ways. Anyone from
administrators to teachers, parents to comic book fans, will find something
to smile about in The Comic Book Curriculum.

On the web:

Greenwood Publishing Group

James Rourke

The Washington Post