Comics in the Classroom as an Introduction to Narrative Structure

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A picture is worth a thousand words, but a comic strip combines both images and words for the ultimate narrative effect. After reading The Three Little Pigs and deciphering the plot elements, elementary readers work through four structured lessons to develop their own comic strips based on a personal narrative.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Assign the project to individuals, pairs, or groups
  • Display the finished comics with a document viewer
  • Connect the lesson to social studies for learners to depict an event in history
Classroom Considerations

  • Recommends David Wiesner's version of The Three Pigs for use with the lesson, but offers a more traditional online version as well
  • Lesson is divided into four parts for scaffolding and development, but you can choose the most helpful elements for your own curriculum
  • Helpful for middle and high schoolers as well as elementary classes
Pros

  • Provides all necessary links and materials for the activity
  • Comes with mini-lessons to augment comprehension, and extension to challenge young writers
  • Many resources, including the plot structure graphic organizer, are versatile for other language arts lessons
Cons

  • None