Wandering Brian Information

Wandering Brian is about a young teenager called Brian that suffers from dyslexia himself, it is set in 2080 but two worlds have collided with earth creating a super planet that consists of three planets orbiting the sun. With creatures, exciting characters, real life situations and twists and turns along the way Wandering Brian is guaranteed to be an exciting read. Wandering Brian offers students who struggle with dyslexia the option to read material of their age group and of their reading ability without being patronising. There will be elements implemented to help the dyslexic readers improve their reading skills. I chose the Name Wandering Brian for the comic book because being dyslexic myself my brain always wanders off when in lessons and I also get letters mixed up so if you swap the ‘I’ and the ‘A’ around you get brain.

Dyslexia Information

  • As more young students now have access to a computer and the internet. Twice as many children aged 5-15 are using a tablet to go online (42% versus 23% in 2013) (Ofcom, 2014).
  • 1 in 10 children do not reach the expected national level 4 in reading by the time they finish primary school, (national curriculum KS2).
  • The challenge most schools are facing is finding suitable reading material which will engage young readers and make reluctant readers more likely to pick up books. “trying to impart the joy of a good read to middle school students feels like pushing religion onto the perfectly content worshippers of American idol” (J.Seyfried, 2008 Pg. 45).
  • Graphic novels have turned into a “heavyweight in the teaching of advanced themes in literature and visual literacy” (Graphic novels as educational heavyweights, 2017)
  • Each year, millions of children in Britain attend school and are taught reading by hundreds of thousands of teachers. “This is a practice that has applied for more than 120 years and has proved, by large, to be a successful one” (Dyslexia, An introductory guide 2nd edition, pg. 2, 2005). During the last century, and more since dyslexia was first described and particularly in the past 20 years or so, a considerable body of knowledge has been building up about ways of helping the dyslexic child to read competently.
  • Margret J. Snowling 2005 stated that, “since publication of the first edition of this book Dyslexia: A Cognitive Development perspective, in 1987, there has been an explosion of research on dyslexia (Margaret J. Snowling, dyslexia, Pg. xiii). “Older methods have undergone revision and updating.
  • In recent years, there has been a significant growth in reading programs designed for use with a computer/word processor” (Dyslexia, An introductory guide 2nd edition, pg. 181, 2005).
  • It is estimated that 1 in 10 of the population have dyslexia, more than 6.3 million in the UK potentially have dyslexia (Pennington, 1990).
  • 1 in 10 children do not reach the expected national level 4 in reading by the time they finish primary school (national curriculum KS2).As stated in a report, dyslexia is a hidden disabilities; “it can also cause difficulties because of the attitude of others due to fear or ignorance as people fear what they do not know or understand or what they cannot see” (Brookes, Broady and Calvert, 2008).
  • Stated by the National Literacy Trust 2017, 1 in 6 adults still only have the reading skills of a 11-year-old.
  • According to National statistics, pupils with poor literacy skills are much more likely to be excluded from school than their peers (www.gov.uk, 2012).
  • A link between poor readers and the salary which they could potentially earn, “Poor readers as adults are much less likely to be in employment than better readers. If they are in employment it is likely to be low-paid”.
  • A study showed that over a fifth of men who were long-term unemployed or sick at the age of 37 had very low literacy skills (dyslexia-international.org, 2006).

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