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Having problems with abrupt and stunted writing? Upper elementary and middle schoolers write comic book scenes focusing on transition words. After listening to the book Meanwhile by Jules Feiffer, they participate in prewriting activities that focus on transition words. Steps of the writing process are modeled by the teacher as the pupils write and illustrate a scene from their own adventure stories.
Boring dialogue can run a great story into the ground; get your novelists using dialogue as a tool to move their story into deeper and more developed territory. As part of a larger writing series, this lesson has a worksheet that can easily be found online. Learners consider why daily discourse isn't interesting and read some examples. They complete a boring comic strip and then spice it up by writing a separate comic from an exciting prompt. Writers apply these skills to their novel by creating another comic using dialogue between their main character and villain. Have them illustrate it for homework!
While making a scrapbook or comic book may seem like a super fun project, kids will need to follow all the rules to get an A. Project focus, guidelines, and expectations are totally laid out. All the necessary project instructions, standards, and the rubric just need to be printed and passed out in class.
Use picture cues as a tool in order to create meaning along with text. With a wordless comic, young illustrators discuss the main idea and character traits, and independently write a summary for a page of a wordless comic. This strategy has application to both literature and informational text.
Explore gender stereotypes by analyzing how male and female characters are depicted in comic books. Using the provided Comic Book Analysis sheet, students record the attributes of male and female comic book characters. Then the whole class records common attributes, and discusses what messages about gender they have discovered. Finally, small groups design and create a nonstereotypical comic book character.
Students create comic strips in groups and explain to the class the Latin and Greek roots of their superhero names. In this Latin and Greek root lesson plan, students get into groups and come up with superhero characters to integrate into a comic strip. They present their comic strip to the class, and tell how each name given to a superhero comes from Latin or Greek roots.