“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.”
- Charles M. Schulz
Obviously a man who could have been a member of JAB, Charles Schulz was best known for his Peanuts cartoons.
Cartoons can be an excellent way of engaging pupils with their work. Although seemingly easier to read, they are often an excellent example of the need to choose your words with great care for maximum impact. Puns and word play are also frequently used by cartoonists. Sequencing cut up cartoon strips can develop understanding - or highlight issues with comprehension.
Used across the curriculum, they can be a starting point to get children thinking or discussing ideas- Horrible Histories illustrations, for example, could be used to generate ideas about an event or historical figure.
Exploring character is something else that cartoons can be used for. Creating new situations to put a character in, or other characters for them to interact with, all helps children understand the need to develop character when writing.
Cartoons are often used by teachers to secure understanding of speech punctuation, but they can be used to improve the use of other punctuation as well. Exclamation marks, question marks and ellipsis are all commonly used in cartoons and can be discussed - and corrected if need be!
So, get out your comic collection and celebrate Schulz's birthday!