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1 Comic Relief in the Classroom Vuvox.com presentation by above title- by lisbrock (Nancy Brockman) Ideas of ways to use comics across the curriculum: Comics in the Classroom: 100 Tips, Tools, and Resources for Teachers Suggestions from this web site created by Kelsey Allen include the following ideas: Lesson Plans for Elementary Elementary teachers will enjoy these great lesson plans designed specifically for early learners. Creative Writing Using Comics. Teach creative writing to 4th through 8th graders with this lesson that also expands to include vocabulary and a group activity. Buzz! Whiz! Bang! Using Comic Books to Teach Onomatopoeia. Great for grades 3-5, this four-part lesson lets students create their own comic strip while exploring onomatopoeia. Comics in the Classroom as an Introduction to Narrative Structure. Sequencing, story-telling, and plotting are all part of this lesson appropriate for 3rd-5th graders. Make Family Comic Strips. Appropriate for grades 2-5, this lesson guides students through creating a comic strip depicting a funny event from their family. To, Too, or Two: Developing an Understanding of Homophones. After studying homophones, students will create a skit acting out the homophones, then convert their skit to a comic strip. Lesson Plans for Middle School Middle school teachers will find plenty of great ideas for teaching with comics among these lesson plans. Greek and Latin Roots Lesson Plan: Superhero Comic Strip. Let students show their knowledge of Greek and Latin root words by creating a superhero comic strip in this lesson plan. Comic Book Project Grades 5-8. This writing lesson emphasizes such concepts as creating conflict and resolution,

2 sequential writing, action verbs, descriptive language, and onomatopoeia. Cartoon Project. 7th through 12th graders can reinforce math concepts of ratio and proportion in this lesson. Change Happens. Study the development and change of tools and systems through creating comic strips. Make a Statement. Students take a position on the politics during the American Revolutionary War and convey their stance through several different mediums, including comics. Lesson Plans for High School These lesson plans supply creative, engaging, and educational ways to incorporate comics. The Comic Book Show and Tell. Students will draft a comic book script based on a prompt, create a layout, revise their drafts, and share revisions with others. Comic Makeovers: Examining Race, Class, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Media. Students will learn to recognize stereotypes as presented by the media in this two-week lesson that culminates in a "comic character makeover." Treasure Island Teachers Guide. The third in the series, be sure to use this lesson plan when studying Treasure Island in class. American Born Chinese Lesson Plans. This guide offers suggestions for teaching culture and history using graphic novels. Examining Transcendentalism Through Popular Culture. Students learn about Emerson, Thoreau, and aspects of transcendentalism through popular culture including comics. Lesson Plans for All Ages These lesson plans are adaptable for a wide range of student. Comic Strip Lesson Plan. This lesson plan is actually for an ESL class, but can easily be used in any class and is adjustable to the age and/or reading level of the students. Character and Plot Development Through Comics. Character, plot development, point of view, and tone are learned through this lesson plan that is specifically aligned to the Florida testing standards.

3 Comic Strip. This lesson can be adjusted for any age and reinforces listening skills and comprehension. Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked!. This study guide from the History Channel offers suggestions for teaching this lesson to middle and high school students and also includes a link to the video. Autobiographical Comics. This project steps teachers through guiding middle and high school students through creating comics to detail autobiographical stories. Check out their website for even more ideas and several comic making resource sites as well: Tech Ed- Technology in Education: How to Use Comic Life in the Classroom This site has an article written by Charles Thacker about using comics in the classroom- He suggests: Use comics to help break down complex ideas and to create entertaining content for material that can sometimes be dull. Here are some assignment ideas that lend themselves to the use of comics: Timelines (history, events, sequences) Historical figures (history of, life of) Instructions (step by step, details, illustrations, easy to follow) Dialogue punctuation Character analysis Plot analysis Storytelling Pre-Writing Tool Post-Reading Tool Teaching Onomatopoeias and on and on

4 One teacher s comment on using student made comics with poetry: I have used comic life with tenth graders when working on interpreting difficult poetry--it would work at any level. What I do is put each line of the poem in a different frame (leaving blank space for students to draw). Then, they need to draw a depiction of each line in the comic box. It helps them chart what the poet/poem is trying to say, and it\'s a fun activity. Plus, it\'s way easier when I ask What do you think this line is about?, because they all want to share what they drew. Jeff Sharp has created a teaching with comics resource page. This site details the drawing of comics and has a rubric as well as some good suggestions for lessons. Ideas could be adapted to computergenerated comics. The templates would be wonderful pre-production storyboards for brainstorming prior to going to the computers! Additional ideas and suggestions available at these sites: -Lesson Plans with a Comic Theme -Political cartoon lessons Comic Ideas Lesson plans using Comic Creator 3-bitstrips-for-schools-%E2%80%93-comics-as-a-learning-tool/ fast-and-easy-toondoo/

5 This page is by the author of the attached rubric and also has a link to his Factoring Comic: Factoring with Mr. Yang and Mosley - An online comics-based unit teaching factoring, a difficult concept covered in Algebra 2. Comic making resource sites: Rather than promoting one particular package and for information about the various options available, I invite you to explore these websites and wikis to learn more: This wiki lists several comic/sketch tools- see tools in the Table of Contents on the right hand side of the page. Samples from Pixton, Bitstrip, and Toondoo are used in the Vuvox Collage tips-tools-and-resources-for-teachers/ Bitstrips for Schools -Technology Integration Matrix

6 COMICS-BASED INSTRUCTIONAL UNIT RUBRIC Authored by Gene Yang (http://www.geneyang.com) For an editable doc. file of this rubric go to: Listed in the web resources along with some additional resource links! Category Panel Sizes & Shots Consistent use of panel size and/or shots to emphasize the information and/or emotional content of the work. Some examples of using panel size and/or shots to emphasize the information and/or emotional content of the work. One or two examples of using panel size and/or shots to emphasize the information and/or emotional content of the work. Panel sizes and the framing of shots confuse, rather than add to, the story. Transitions & Layout Most panel-topanel transitions are well-planned and appropriate to the information and/or emotions conveyed. Panel order and word balloon order within panels are always clear. Some panel-topanel transitions are well-planned and appropriate to the information and/or emotions conveyed. Panel order and word balloon order within panels are usually clear. One or two examples of wellplanned panel-topanel transitions. Panel order and word balloon order within panels are sometimes confusing. Most panel-topanel transitions are random and haphazard. Panel order and word balloon order within panels are consistently confusing. Artwork consistently readable and understandable. Characters are always distinguishable from one another. closely matches the tone of the story. usually readable and understandable. Characters are usually distinguishable from one another. loosely matches the tone of the story. sometimes illegible. Two of the characters look the same. neither adds to nor takes away from the tone of the story. illegible. Many of the characters look the same. contradicts the tone of the story. Writing No misspelled words or grammatical Only one or two misspelled words or grammatical A few misspelled words or grammatical Many misspelled words and/or grammatical Lettering Lettering is neat and legible. Ample space is always given to the lettering in word balloons and captions. Lettering is adequate. Ample space is usually given to the lettering in word balloons and captions. Lettering is somewhat messy. Some examples of lettering crammed into word balloons and captions. Letter is illegible. Lettering is consistently crammed into word balloons and captions.

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