California Educator

October 2016

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Pioneer HIgh School special education teacher Jenny Kim listens to English teacher Jason Goldman-Hall's presentation. When English teacher Jason Goldman- Hall introduced comics into the classroom, Riya Behl was stunned. "I was honestly surprised that he would use comic books in his class," says Behl, a senior last year. "I consider myself to be an advanced reader." She was even more surprised that she found them not only enjoyable, but educational. "I think I was shocked to find out that I was learning something from comic books," she says. Behl attended Pioneer High School in San Jose, which is something of a pioneer when it comes to incorporating the genre as literature. Some educators are making excellent use of graphic novels (book-length comics) to help students connect with stories. 36 teaching & learning When English teacher Jason

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