"Capote in Kansas" is what generations of kids would recognize as a comic book, though it has a fancier name — a graphic novel.
That honors students at the Palos Heights, Ill., high school are using it illustrates how far the controversial comic-strip novels have come in gaining acceptance in the school curriculum, educators say.
Once aimed at helping struggling readers, English language learners and disabled students, graphic novels are moving into honors and college-level Advanced Placement classrooms and attracting students at all levels.
They're listed as reading material for students in the new "common core" standards being adopted across the country, even though some naysayers still question their value in the classroom.
There's no data on precisely how many schools nationwide use graphic novels. But no one disputes that in other markets the popularity of the comic-style books — adapted to classic literature, biographies, science, math and other subjects — is on the rise.
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