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"Oh, yes I'm at my happiest when I have a good idea and I'm drawing it well, and it comes out well, and somebody laughs at it." This is a quote from Charles M. Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip, and someone who definitely understood the power of a good comic. Allow student imagination and creativity to take over as learners build their own comic strips.  
Who says comic strips aren’t educational? Prove these naysayers wrong by asking your class members to create a comic strip for a selected vocabulary word. Using online technological tools that provide access to an array of options for expressions, your high schoolers will craft, save, and share their comic strips that include the definition, synonyms, antonyms, and satirical devices to make the word memorable. Although designed to prepare for the SAT, AP, and other standardized exams, the approach can be used at any grade level and in any course.
Learners explore the intersection between popular and high art by recreating comic strips in various artistic styles and then famous works of art as comics. Through this exploration, students come to conclusions about what art is and comic book roles
You can use comic book projects to teach a variety of curriculum topics.
An incredibly creative and rich language arts lesson plan awaits you. In it, young lovers of fairy tales create an original comic strip that's based on the fairy tale of their choosing. The text and pictures are all done by the kids themselves. Terrific worksheets are embedded in the plan that support the teaching tasks. Highly recommended!
Connect comic books to the classroom curriculum and open up a world of opportunities.
Kenzuke's Kingdom is a wonderful adventure about a boy sailing around the world, it's also the focus of this lesson. Students read the novel as a class then use the Comic Life website to create a two-page comic based on the story. This would be a great cumulative reading or summary project for any book.
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.
Learners write a fictional story into a comic book format. In this creative writing lesson, students analyze example comics and discuss the format. Learners create a comic book using imaginary characters that find a solution to a problem.
Students identify the different parts of a comic strip and creat their own about the French and Indian War period. They share their comics with the class. They can compile them into a newspaper format if they choose.
Students recognize the elements needed to create a comic strip. In this comic strip lesson, student understand that comic strips need words and pictures. Students find differences and similarities in comic strips. Students describe how they could summarize a book through the use of a comic strip. Students create original comic strips on a selected topic. Students evaluate other students comics.
Learners explore comic book superheroes. They make connections between their adventures and everyday life experiences. They work in collaborative groups to conduct research, design cover art, and create an interactive Venn diagram comparing real life heroes and comic book superheroes.
Learners become familiar with the elements of a story used in the comic strip.  In this comic strip lesson, students recreate events from the story Charlotte's Web in a comic strip format.  Learners share comic strips.
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 to communicate ideas that cannot be expressed through words alone.
Students explore genre of comics, view variety of comic strips, discuss components of comic strips, examine conventions of comic strips, analyze online comic creator interactive and create planning sheet for using the tool, and apply what they have learned about comics by creating one of their own.
Second graders create dialogue for a comic strip using context clues to match the text to the pictures. They use comic blanks imbedded in this lesson. They write dialogue for each frame. Remind them to use the picture clues when writing their dialogue.
Sixth graders view teacher-provided comic strips and discuss comic format and illustration. Students then read story, and create original comic strips to demonstrate comprehension and summarization of story.
Students examine Jewish immigration of the late ninteenth century and analyze Jewish contributions to popular American culture. They explore primary sources to study the Jewish immigration experience and analyze the birth of the comic book.
Students identify when and why quotations are used. Using comic strips and speech bubbles, they read and discuss examples of quotation marks, and in pairs write text for a cartoon on a piece of paper using quotation marks around the appropriate text.

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