Fourth and fifth graders in an after school group are enjoying a creative project, as an Americorps program reinforces reading through making comic books. Instead of just reading comic books, students learn how they are made and design their own.
“I like Marvel comics like ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Star Wars,’” fourth grader Ivan Mendez said. “I get to learn how those are made and work on my own comics.”
The after school comics club was founded last year by Americorps writing enrichment instructor Grebory Silber, as part of the program Project Change. During school hours, Silber works with students on regular writing activities.
Students learn about storytelling, character development, sequencing, and graphic literature. “To my knowledge, nobody else is doing this at any other elementary school around here,” said Silber. He is a New Jersey native and comics enthusiast. He studied writing arts at Rowan University. His ambition after his Americorps service is to write comics, novels and other forms of creative works.