Evil villains lurk around every corner, wreaking havoc on innocent citizens. But, look! There's a hero on the way, dashing through the city with superpowers to save us!
What could be more exciting to middle schoolers that the classic superhero story line? Comic books, with their engaging plots, exciting action, brilliant art and suspenseful cliffhangers provide the motivation that students in the Communities In Schools Comic Book Club need to improve their reading skills.
"The kids think it is just for fun, but we have a very serious purpose," said CIS Site Coordinator Amy Hunnewell, who organized the group. "Students need to be good readers in order to succeed in other subjects, so giving them an exciting way to build reading skills is very important."
Students gathered once a week to share their interest in certain characters, to talk about the plots and settings, to see how the characters would grow and change and to experience the excitement of the conflicts in each story. They also tried their hands at drawing their own scenes and writing their own dialogue.
"It's fun!" said one 7th grader. "I love comic books and I think it is great to be able to come to the Comic Book Club and meet friends who like it, too."