This presentation offers strategies on how to use comics in the classroom.
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Comics have always been associated with fun and creativity. With the help of many online applications and resources, there are many 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 Design Characters Elements Develop Computer Creativity Skills Comics Create a Decision setting for Making a story Problem Sequencing Solving Storytelling
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.
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Students can learn new processes and skills by creating an instruction manual. This could be used for activities which involve building, safety, cooking, science, craft making and any other practical activity. Students might use their own images for the comic or use a comic creator and give the directions using dialogue.
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. For some inspiration here are some great sites based on games. These sites do require registration. They allow you to design your own comic book using images provided. You can print, save, email and embed the finished results.
This site is simple to use with drag and drop functions and it provides excellent graphics
http://www.mmorpg.com/comics.cfm This is another application based on games. It offers a different range of graphics.
For students to create their own game comic, they need to use sites which offer the option to add images. Such as: http://chogger.com/create http://www.mashon.com/spore/ http://comiqs.com/editor/ Or use software to create your own comic.
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 which relate to the research task or students can add their own.
Students can create a comic based on an interview between two people. The teacher can provide the questions which one of the characters will ask and the students have to research the answers for the other character. Students could create their own questions on a subject and ask another student to find the answers.
Engage students interest in stories by asking them to convert a novel, poem or play into comic form. They could keep to the setting of the story or add a modern twist to it. Students could choose classic tales or contemporary novels. A great example is creating a comic based on a Shakespeare play or using a Shakespearean phrase as a starting point. This format could also be used to deliver a book report. Here is an examples to inspire you and your students:
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.
Students can respond to a Current Affairs item by creating a comic or explore social and political issues.
Due to the dialogue aspect of comics, they are perfect for learning languages. Characters can speak to each using a different language. Students can also add aspects of the cultural traditions from the country. Comic books in other languages are also useful, allowing students to develop their reading skills.
Comics are a great tool for students to use when reflecting on a task. It could be represented as an interview or the characters can discuss the unit of work they just did and give their opinion on how they did and what they learnt. Student might use a comic to reflect on A school excursion or camp.
As an activity at the beginning of the school year, students can make a comic which provides information about them. It could be set in their favourite place and reflect on an event in their life or simply give information about their interests and hobbies. 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. Good sites to use are: http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/comic/index.html http://myths.e2bn.org/story_creator/
Students can use comics in comprehension exercises. Use comic books or webcomics 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. This provides the combination of visual information with text.
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.
Students can use the lyrics from their favourite song and adapt into a comic strip. 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. Students could deliver their own poems using a comic creator.
Students can explore events from history and adapt them into comic form. This can be done using relevant images and making their own comic 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.