Hamlet Act 1

Comics in the Classroom

Picture Perfect
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 strip "work."

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
  • Storytelling
  • Pre-Writing Tool
  • Post-Reading Tool
  • Teaching Onomatopoeias
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Cause and Effect
  • Poetry

Create Your Own Comic Strips:

Thinkfinity Comic Creator  Lessons
MakeBelief Comics
Piki Kids Comic Creator
Kabam : Interact with comics based on teenage issues.
Create Your Own Comic

The following 2 sites are currently blocked for students in our district. 

Comics Online

Cartoons in the Classroom

Great list of resources for using Comics in the Classroom.

Stick Figure Hamlet

Animation: We will look in depth at these animation tools on another day.


Next week we will look at making books.  Here is a preview.

High Yield Teaching Strategies Using Easy Cartoons
Identifying Similarities & Differences Create comics sharing differing points of view.
Summarizing & Note Taking Make a parody, of a story, concept or historical event.
Reinforcing Effort & Providing Recognition Cartoons shared online for a wider audience.
Homework & Practice
Nonlinguistic Representation Create comics to share hard to understand concepts.
Cooperative Learning
Setting Objectives & Providing Feedback
Generating & Testing Hypotheses
Cues, Questions, & Advance Organizers Create comics that provide cues.