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Pet Sins October 2010

Manga High: Black and Latino US high schoolers hone literacy and art skills through four-year manga project

Manga High - Literacy, Identity, and Coming of Age in an Urban High School

Since 2004, African American and Latino students from Martin Luther King, Jr. High School in Manhattan have been creating Japanese-style comic books. They write the stories, design the characters, and publish their work online and in print. These young people of color at one of New York City s largest high schools have a keen interest in the language, culture, and society of Japan.

Michael Nakkula of the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania has high praise for this project: "one of the most powerful literacy-based student engagement projects I have encountered."

For more reviews of Manga High, see

Manga High (Harvard Education Press)

Manga High Treasure (The Schulz Library Blog)