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Lesson: Deities & Superheroes
Here's a twist on the old compare-and-contrast lesson. Budding art historians compare an Assyrian limestone relief to comic book superheroes. They discuss the similarities and differences in the three-dimensional relief to two-dimensional cartoon images. Additionally, they discover how each is used to covey feelings and concepts and create their own superhero. The lesson finishes when pupils present their projects in a digital story format.
In this exercise, learners identify characters from an "Archie" comic and discuss the relevance of "Archie" to today's youth. They create public service advertisements featuring celebrities to address common concerns among teenagers in their communities. To sum up the lesson, they conduct market research to consider the effectiveness of their advertisements. Vocabulary, interdisciplinary connections, and extension activities are included.
Create a graphic autobiography integrating images and text. Working within the structure of the programs Comic Life and Photoshop, pupils integrate the Principles of Design. They focus on balance, rhythm, proportion, and text structure. The lesson provides assessment, differentiated instruction, and enrichment options.
A Gesture Is Worth a Thousand Words
Students share observations on the nuances of meaning in face to face and online interactions with others. After reading an article, they identify the causes and effects of internet flaming. They create their own comic strips demonstrating the outcomes of flaming and write a bill of rights outlining the responsibilities of internet users.
Creating Scrolls Based on the Illustrated Tale of Genji
Now these are learning activities full of fun, art, and cultural exploration. Kids consider the art of storytelling through comic book images. They then look at the Tale of Genji as it was written in the 11th century. They discuss Japanese art and culture then create an illustrated scroll that retells the Tale of Genji with an updated twist. Multiple web links are included.
Creating a Classic Comic Book
Students read a given play. They choose the key scenes from the play and write a narration to carry the plot line between those scenes. They create a comic book that depicts these key scenes, complete with pictures and text balloons.
Creating a Science Fiction Story
As the culminating activity in a unit study of science fiction, young writers demonstrate their understanding of the genre by producing their own graphic novel. After deciding on the main elements of their story, individuals use a comic creator website to produce their original work.
Retelling A Life
Use comic strip format to help organize and sequence events in a story. The lesson here focuses on The Story of Jackie Robinson: Bravest Man in Baseball; however, this strategy could be used for summarizing any text. Pupils must choose what is important enough to include and put events in the proper order, including a caption and an image. Access the materials with a free account at the hosting site.
Third graders identify story elements. In this story elements lesson, 3rd graders look at main idea, characters, point of view, theme and setting. They create a five paneled comic strip from a book.
"Exploring Shakespeare" An Introduction of Character and "Hamlet"
Students examine the literary terms "round character" and "characterization" through the play "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare. They view and discuss examples of clip art, video, and comic strips, and describe the character traits. Students then watch the video "Exploring Shakespeare" and describe character changes in a series of comic strips.
Quotations and Commas
Students examine the grammar rules for using quotations and commas. They discuss and observe the use of commas and quotation marks in comic strips, explore various websites, and in small groups create a poster of rules and an original comic strip using desktop publishing software.
Parts of Speech
Second graders identify parts of speech. In this grammar lesson plan, 2nd graders use a Smart Board to identify nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Students create a comic strip and include several parts of speech. Students present their comic strips to the class.
Super Science By Any Means Necessary!
The animated S2 Unit will use the adventures of a Super Hero and her sidekick to teach basic science and math concepts. Educators can use comic books, Saturday Morning Cartoons and the adventures of Super Heroes to teach a nine-week science and math unit. This unit will cover Metric Measurement.
Students solve equations using more than one step. In this solving equations lesson, students use addition, subtraction and multiplication to simplify and solve equations. They use Edmodo's Comic Life to create a visual of solving equations.
Face Jug: African American Artifacts
Young scholars examine African American art. In this African American history lesson plan, students research face jugs created by African American freedmen after they watch a video about the artifact and its significance. Young scholars then create comics that identify the cultural significance of face jugs.
In this language arts lesson plan, students listen to the book "Many Luscious Lollipops," in order to become familiar with adjectives. Students create four comic strip squares, using five adjectives in each square, after hearing the book. Each student reads their comic to the class upon completion. Solid lesson plan!
Ninth graders review cell information by making a comic book. In this cell lesson, 9th graders make the parts of cells into superheroes. They draw these superheroes on the computer and come up with a plot to make a comic book.
Poetic Justice: Understanding the Life of a Tethered Dog
The Humane Society provides a lesson in which class members explore the issue of tethering dogs. Through the resources used -- a comic, a poem, and narrative and expository writings -- class members realize that messages can be conveyed in many ways. After examining the issues surrounding this topic, learners craft an original cinquain poem about the topic.
Creating 21st Century Superheroes
Create 21st century learners by utilizing technology and library databases. Scholars explore the concept of comic books as literature and create a superhero who could uniquely solve a 21st century global issue. Databases such as SIRS are used to research and comics are posted to a class wiki.
Students identify and create onomatopoeia. In this poetry writing instructional activity, students are shown examples of onomatopoeia and are given comic books and newspapers to find examples of onomatopoeia. Each student creates a full page ad for a magazine to advertise products by using onomatopoeia.