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Adolescents and "Autographics": Reading and Writing Coming-of-Age Graphic Novels

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Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy Volume 54, Number 8, ISSN 1081-3004


Students at two different sites (a 12th-grade English class focused on workplace preparation and an alternative program for students who had been expelled from school) read graphic novels and, using ComicLife software, created their own graphic sequences called "autographics" based on their personal experiences. The authors explore how image, text, and sound converged to make meaning for these adolescents as they read and wrote graphic novels and describe the literacy skills the learners developed. (Contains 11 figures.)


Hughes, J.M., King, A., Perkins, P. & Fuke, V. (2011). Adolescents and "Autographics": Reading and Writing Coming-of-Age Graphic Novels. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 54(8), 601-612. Retrieved April 7, 2020 from .

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