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Using Digital Comic Creation to Improve Adolescents' Written Narratives

aUniversity of Montana, USA

Using Technology to Enhance Special Education

ISBN: 978-1-80262-652-0, eISBN: 978-1-80262-651-3

Publication date: 2 February 2023


This chapter details how engaging students in digital comics creation might support adolescents in strengthening their narrative writing capabilities. This chapter first provides a more detailed explanation of the micro and macrostructural elements involved in narrative production. Second, the chapter provides an introduction to comics and important design features. The authors also illuminate the complexity of multimodal texts (texts that combine images and words) and link visual narrative pedagogy and curriculum to classroom equity and accessibility. Across these opening sections, academic standards are referenced to show how the comics medium aligns with national visions of what robust English Language Arts education entails. The chapter concludes with descriptions of specific pedagogical strategies and digital comic-making tools that teachers and interventionists might explore with students within various classroom contexts. Examples of digital comics designed using various web tools are also shared.



Collins, G.G. and Reid, S.F. (2023), "Using Digital Comic Creation to Improve Adolescents' Written Narratives", Bakken, J.P. and Obiakor, F.E. (Ed.) Using Technology to Enhance Special Education (Advances in Special Education, Vol. 37), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 159-180.



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