I have a lot of students who simply will not read unless it is for homework/coursework or an exam. I think this is rather sad and it also means that they are not developing their reading skills which will effect how well they do at school and later in life. I had a hard time learning to read as a child. I didn't learn to read until I was 12 and it was only thanks to comics that I was able to engage and find enjoyment in reading.
I was thinking that perhaps this would be a good way to encourage some of my students to read. Comics, graphic novels and manga are a good way to read for pleasure and often contain literary references that students may end up going to the source to look up. It is a bit of stretch but hope springs eternal.
I've been trying to come up with some titles to create a comic/graphic novel/manga section for my library but so far haven't gotten very far. I bought a copy of Watchmen which seemed to be popular but other than that I am at a loss. I did come across this comic today that looks really good and appealing to the age group I work with (16-19).
What do you think?
Dar Volume 1
Please send me other titles you think might be good.