Of Mice and Men

Comic Life Project

This idea was given to me by a colleague, Scott O'Neil,  and I think it's pretty incredible!

You can easily adapt it to just about any text, and it's great for all different age/ability levels.

Introduction: When struggling with getting students to comprehend the basics of a text, I found this project grabbed their interest and caused them to learn at the same time! It was a great project between reading the text and writing essays about it. You could certainly make it more complex for older/more advanced classes. Technologically, you will need to familiarize yourself with Comic Life and have Macbooks (with Comic Life) and digital cameras with USB cables available to your students. Modify the lesson plan as you see fit--and don't forget to visit my students' versions! 

Text: Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

Grade: I did this with my freshmen, but I think it could be easily adapted to other grade levels.

Difficulty: Simple (Students can make it as complex as they want to, but the program itself is very easy to learn.)

Applications: I feel certain you could use the same idea with just about any other text!
Project Goal:
To create a comic book version of Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men. The images will be made up of photos staged and taken by you, and the words will come from both the text and from yourself.

Project Requirements:
1)    You must create both a front and a back cover, each of which have at least ONE image.
2)    There must be at least ONE page per chapter (so a minimum of EIGHT pages total, including front and back covers).
3)    There must be at least TWO images per chapter (so a minimum of FOURTEEN images total, including front and back covers).
4)    Each “chapter” of your comic book must contain at least ONE direct quote from the text (so a minimum of SIX quotes total).

Project Recommendations:

You are working in a group and are graded as a group. This happens in real life, too—this thing where you have to work with others to create a single product. Remember our saying from the beginning of the year; if you don’t like someone’s idea, offer a new one. Seek compromise, not conflict! (If all else fails, request a group meeting with me as your mediator.)