"Today's young people need the knowledge and skills to deal with persuasion in an age of images."
I'm having coffee with the EJ article by Gretchin Schwarz, and one thing strikes me about last night's ABC conversation: with few exceptions, no one said anything about the VISUAL component of ABC!!! Did anyone else notice that we were pretty fixated on literary analysis? This is proof, of course, of how graphic novels can promote the "goals of traditional literacy" as outlined by Schwarz. O.K., I'm convinced. But why didn't we talk about the pictures? It's interesting to me that our discussion about pictures began when someone asked our 6th grade guest about her favorite part, and we were refered to the picture of Chin-Kee.
Schwarz comments that graphic novels can be more challenging to analyze than traditional print, since they require analysis of visual elements: color choice, placement, framing, positioning, etc. When I was commenting on Steve's post about archetypes, I looked at the herbalist's wife on p 29 and for the first time became aware that the background frame on her prophetic words is black!
Even as progressive as we are, we are still most comfortable with traditional literary analysis. I hope that our conversation next week might delve more into the visual as I'm eager to see how this plays out in classroom discussion.