Technology not only changes how we write, but it also changes what writing is. In the media rich environment of the 21st century, digital graphic writing is one genre students need to be fluent.
Why use Comics?
- A great visual representation of knowledge
- Easier to remember a visual graphic containing key information
- Engage through thinking, creating and writing
- Perfect avenue for writing dialogue
- Helps organization through storytelling and storyboarding
How Can I Integrate Comics in My Curriculum?
- Social responsibility stories using photographs imported with speaking bubbles (developing social stories).
- Show a mathematical concept
- Develop science process by taking photos of processes and add captions to explain both process and hypothesis/conclusions.
- Delve into a historic event and represent what the characters’ motivations may have been.
- Develop a newspaper-style, four-panel comic strip: Encourage pupils to create a short comic strip based on the styles of Peanuts, Garfield, Calvin and Hobbes. Progression can be made onto creating longer narratives.
- Deconstruct a chapter in literature circles.
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- Organize and sequence your story content by using our storyboard_template.
- Assessment Rubrics – setting your indicators of success (comicstrip basic-rubric, comic-strip-rubric).
- Terminology: Build your comic_terminology.
- Living Examples: Special Places~ Primary Example, Visual Narative in Black & White, Comic Life Education
Getting Started Resources
- Creating Comic Life Images: Using Word, Clipart and Irfanview to give more complex layered scenes to be used in Comic Life.