Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Paoze Thao


This paper will examine the benefits of using graphic novels in the classroom to engage English Language Learners. Graphic novels have carried a negative stigma since the publishing of “Seduction of the Innocent” by Frederick Wertham which claimed to find a connection between teenage delinquency and comic books. Teachers have stayed away from using graphic novels in classroom instruction. Many findings show that graphic novels benefit students but especially English Language Learners. Graphic novels require higher cognitive abilities than traditional novels. This research also explores the attitudes of teachers and students towards graphic novels as well as the possible problems and limitations that may arise. The findings conclude that graphic novels pose great educational benefits for English Language Learners and aids them in reading and language acquisition.

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