Tap Into the World of Comics Strategies for using Comics in the Classroom
Comics have always been associated with fun and creativity.
With the help of many online applications and resources, there are some great ways to tap into the excitement of comics to help engage students in learning.
The comic making process itself offers many learning opportunities and with the incorporation of content delivery, comics can provide an effective tool for teaching and learning.
The next slide outlines some possible learning outcomes from making comics.
Literacy Skills Develop Characters
Develop Computer Skills
Comics Create a setting for a story
Here are some online comic creators you may wish to use.
They range in creativity levels, graphics availability and age suitability. You will have to decide which site is best suited for your students and the proposed activity.
For more information on comic creators go to http://www.slideshare.net/ shend5/online-comiccreators
This could be used for activities which Students can learn new
involve building, safety, cooking, science,
processes and skills by
craft making and any other practical
creating an instruction
http://www.howtoons.com/ This site provides many comics which provide instructions.
Computer Games contain some of the most spectacular graphics
available, so why not utilise this resource.
Students could do screen captures of scenes from their games and create a comic strip. This could be done using software or online applications.
Some games allow you to design your own characters
There are also games which allow you to take screenshots within the game, you can even change camera angles.
Some great ones are My Sims, Sims, Spore and The Movies, but you could really use any game.
Wow, there is no end to how creative you can be!
For some inspiration here is a great site based on the Spore game.
This site does require registration.
There is also an option to add your own images
It allows you to design
You can print, save,
your own comic book
email and embed the
using images provided.
There are many games which use comics at the beginning to explain the plot.
You can also add your own images to http://chogger.com/create http://comiqs.com/editor/
Youda Sushi Chef
http://www.mashon.com/spore/ Simple drag and drop with great graphics
Comics are often associated with Superheroes
Explore the theme of Superheroes and create your own comics
This site allows you to create a comic strip
Or a comic Book up to 22 pages long. You can even download as .pdf Choose from Marvel Comic Characters
Downloadable Graphic Novels based on Heroes TV show
Create your own superheroes to use in comics using these Superhero creators
Students can combine images with text in a comic strip using information from a research task.
There are many comic creators which may have images relating to the research task or students can add their own.
How could you create an interview in a comic?
Characters can ask each other questions. The questions can explore a topic.
The teacher could provide the questions or students can devise their own.
Students could select from classic tales or contemporary novels.
Engage studentsâ€™ interest in stories by asking them to convert a novel, fable, fairy tale or play into comic form. They could keep to the setting of the story or add a modern twist to it.
A great example is creating a comic based on a Shakespeare play or using a Shakespearean phrase as a starting point.
Great idea! Here are some examples to use for inspiration.
This site offers Shakespearean Classics as Graphic Novels. There are free teacher resource downloads and previews. It offers Shakespearean script or plain English versions.
Here is another example of using Shakespeare inspired comics.
Creating comics is a great method to help students learn how to develop a story.
It allows them to create a sequence, explore storylines and understand the use of characters, settings and dialogue.
You might choose a theme to work from and select a comic creator which works around a theme, such as: http://www.creaza.com/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/comicmaker/create/
Here are some examples of Web Comics also referred to as Graphic Novels. They are comics which can be read online and in some cases can be downloaded. Please check age suitability before using them.
C O M I C S
Current Affair Items can be great topics to explore
Students can use comics to investigate and respond to social and political issues.
Ashes Cricket 2009
Due to the dialogue aspect of comics, they are perfect for learning languages. Characters can speak to each using a different language.
Comic books in other languages are also useful
Students can also add aspects of the cultural traditions from the country.
It is a fun way to develop reading skills.
Comics are a great tool for students to use when reflecting on a task.
It could be represented as an interview or discussion
Characters can discuss the unit of work they just did
Students can make judgments and give their opinion on how they did and what they learnt.
You could even use comics to reflect on an excursion or a camp
•The task for this unit was ……..
•I got my ideas for this task from………… •Problems I came across were…………….. •I solved them by …………………
•The new skills and knowledge I learnt from this task were…… •Skills I would like to develop
further are ……. •What I like most about my work is …………..
•If I were to do this task again I would change …………..
Here is a list of prompts to help with reflection.
Comics are divided into frames and sequences
You could make a comic by deliberately putting frames in the wrong order
This allows you to explore order placement
And students can place them into their correct order.
As an activity at the beginning of the school year, students can make a comic which provides information about them.
or simply communicate information about their interests and hobbies.
It could be set in their favourite place and reflect on an event in their life
These could be printed to create a class comic book.
Comic creators can provide a great tool to help create a story board for a film or activity.
Comics provide sequence placement and offer inspiration.
Some great sites to use are: Read Write Think and Myths and Legends
Allow students to develop their creativity
Provide a comic with empty speech bubbles and students can fill them in. This could be a great group activity. Sims 3
Develop Photography skills by planning a comic and create it using your own digital photography
This may help with inspiration for subjects and camera angles
A great site for this is http://www.comeek o.com/
You can upload your own images and then save them to file or embed them Doll Divine
Students can use comics in comprehension exercises.
Use any of the webcomics or graphic novels already mentioned
Check for understanding by allowing students to
revise new knowledge.
This can be done by asking students to create a comic using the new content they have learnt.
The teacher could also use comics to deliver content. ToonDoo
Students can learn new words by applying them in the correct context in a comic.
A good activity is to provide 5 words which must be used in a comic.
Comics can be used to give directions.
This can be used by teachers or students.
Try creating a scavenger hunt using a comic strip to deliver the clues. My Sims
Try using Song Lyrics as inspiration for a comic
This will allow students to understand the use of symbolic images
and develop their ability to interpret.
Students can extend their knowledge of a poem by interpreting it into visual form using a comic.
Ballads, in particular, can be very successful in this task.
You could write your own poem
Yeah! Using comics The Movies
This can be done using relevant images
Students can explore events from history and adapt them into comic form.
or using a comic creator which offers graphics which are needed
Such as http://www.creaza.com/
Comics are a great way to create interest to a boring page.
Teachers can use comics to add interest to worksheets, hand outs,
professional development activities, add to a virtual classroom or deliver content using comics. My Sims
Students can learn about internet safety and demonstrate their knowledge by creating a comic which explores internet safety rules.
Here are some examples which are also great teaching tools.
Why not take advantage of the great graphics available in many of the online comic creators and use them to create designs. Design a Poster, Title Page, Invitation, Magazine Cover, Title for a Slideshow Presentation
Why not use comics to write reports or reviews.
Students can still develop literacy skills
And develop their creativity
Yeah! That will make it fun and engaging for students.
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