More than Words: Comics as a Means of Teaching Multiple Literacies

Dale Jacobs
2007 English Journal  
Historically, comics have been viewed as a "debased or simplified word-based literacy," explains Dale Jacobs, who considers comics to be complex, multimodal texts. Examining Ted Naifeh's Polly and the Pirates, Jacobs shows how comics can engage students in multiple literacies, furthering meaning-making practices in the classroom and beyond. We are better able to "hear" the narrator's voice because we can see what words are emphasized by the bold lettering, and we associate particular kinds of
more » ... rticular kinds of voices with the narrative voice of a pirate's tale, especially emphasized here by the shape of the text boxes. Polly and the Pirates ™ and
doi:10.2307/30047289 fatcat:cwplwgug7zbjrls55dcmpydsri