Comics in the Classroom
Reading/Visual Discrimination Clip
comic strips out of various newspapers and cut them up, mixing the
panels of different comics all together in a pile. Put the pile in the
middle of the table and have students sort them by the main characters.
Use related panels to form a story sequence.
Comics for Fun
Reading/Art Collect comics from
newspapers and see your school librarian for books of comic strips.
Have students read and compare comics. Does the humor come from the
text, the illustrations or both? How is humor portrayed through
illustrations? Ask the students each to design and create a humorous
comic strip of four or six frames. Share and explore what makes a comic
Creating Comic Strips
When analyzing comic strips, it is noticeable that each has a different
style, point of view, setting, plot, and summary, communicated not only
through words, but through illustrations. By creating comic strips,
students communicate ideas that cannot be expressed through words alone.
Superhero Comic Strip
Using this lesson students can create a new superhero and write a comic strip about the superhero!
- •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
- •Pre-Writing Tool
- •Post-Reading Tool
- •Teaching Onomatopoeias
- •Compare and Contrast
- •Cause and Effect