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Young scholars 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.
Students examine African American art. In this African American history lesson, students research face jugs created by African American freedmen after they watch a video about the artifact and its significance. Students then create comics that identify the cultural significance of face jugs.
In this language arts lesson, 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!
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.
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.
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.
Who doesn't need a sidekick or protective spell? Kids examine a clay vessel from ancient Colombia as they discuss the idea of sidekicks or protective magic. They then illustrate a comic strip that represents the concept of protection in the form of alter ego, spirit companion, sidekick, or magic spell.
Students identify and create onomatopoeia. In this poetry writing 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.
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.
Eighth graders complete several writing projects based on The Diary of Anne Frank, including creating fables and comic book scenes based on the play. They also produce a multimedia report on D-Day and construct a model stage set of a scene from the play.
In this journalism worksheet, students use a copy of their local newspaper to complete this page. Students answer questions about the publisher and staff of the paper, the weather, TV programming, comics and classified sections. There are 15 questions.
Fourth graders comprehend the differences between political parties and some of the key issues brought up in political debates (health care, social securtiy, military, education, etc). They view a comic and students write down what they think the comic is trying to say. Students work with a partner and review who the comic is about and they determine when the comic is set.
Seventh graders examine the components and structure of magazines. In groups they develop a magazine based on the novel of their choice. Comic strips and promotional advertisements about the novels are included in the magazine. Students design and give an oral presentation about their magazine.
Bring humor into your own writing! Writers consider how professional authors create humor in their writing. They read and analyze comic strips and poetry to determine the devices used by writers to create humor. Some of the examples aren't particularly hilarious, so you might want to supplement them with additional examples.
In these reading analysis worksheets, students read background information and character sketches for the Garfield comic strip. Students read selected comic strips and respond to the prompts to improve their writing skills.
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!
Third graders analyze comics found in the newspaper for samples of logical, emotional, and ethical appeal. They write a paragraph for each selected comic strip explaining how the comic strip represents the use of logic, emotions, or ethics.
Students relate abstract expressionism and cultural influences on 1960's art. They use images appropriated from comic books to create a painting in the abstract expressionist style by changing the scale of the comic and reducing content of the comic image.
Students analyze graphical forms of Eudora Welty and interpret the shorts stories in the representations. In this graphical representations lesson, students analyze the short story genre in comic strips. Students then create their own story through a comic strip.
Use comic strips to teach sequencing in narrative poetry. As homework, each class member selects a comic strip with 4-8 frames, cuts the frames apart, places the pieces in an envelope, and brings the envelope to class. Class members swap envelopes and reconstruct the strip. Using this model, class members plot the events in the narrative poem The Walrus and the Carpenter using the comic strip format.