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Online Comics In The Classroom

Posted on : 13-01-2010 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : 3-6 Reading

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This post was inspired by Susanna’s post at Living-Learners about using comics in the classroom:

http://livinglearners.blogspot.com/2010/01/using-comics-in-classroom-and-have-your.html

The websites:

Classroom Applications:

Make Belief ComicsCreating online comics is a great way to have your students apply their knowledge of reading concepts to a project they can share with others.

1. Challenge your students to summarize a story they have read in a comic. Use the three panel form as a “beginning, middle, end” summary format.

2. Use a comic to retell a story in the proper sequence using three or four panels. Or, have students create their own “how-to” sequence of a process or procedure.

3. Use four panels in a non-linear way by assigning a story element to describe in each square: Characters, Setting, Problem and Solution.

4. Use two (or three) panels to have your students create predicting activity. Ask your students to illustrate an unresolved situation in the first square and a resolution to that situation in the second square. For example, have one character thinking that they would like to go to the movies and the other character thinking that they would also like to go to the movies. The resolution could be that they go together. (Or if you want students to realize that even if what you predict is logical, it may not happen, you could show them not going to the movies together.) When sharing comics, a student could cover up the second square and encourage others to predict before revealing his/her resolution.

5. Use two panels to illustrate a cause and an effect. Use three or four panels to show a chain of cause and effect events.

The reading applications for online comics are endless! How would you use these sites in your classroom?

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Comments (16)

Our students are practicing sequencing right now. I think comics is a great way for them to practice this in a new and fun manner. Thank you for the great ideas!

Thank you for your comment, Kelly! I hope your students have a good time being creative while practicing sequencing with comics.

Interesting post! I wish I had more time to develop educational comics. They are wonderful for presenting colloquial English in context, grammar points as well as the really useful suggestions you’ve listed (great ideas for writing practice!)

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I have a teacher who is doing this in her history class. I’m anxious to see how it works out.

I utilized a cartoon section for students to create a day in the life of a job they like….

Peter,

Thanks for stopping by! Comics are great for English in context.

Tom,

I’d love to know her application ideas and results.

Kristie,

That’s a wonderful idea! Thank you for your comment.

I love using comics with my students. We use Comic Life and I even did beginning/middle/end with grade 1 students. The re-telling of a story is indeed a skill that comics are perfect for.

Suzanne,

Thank you for your comment! It is great to make learning fun with comics, and there are so many applications. Thank you for shaing yours!

This is a great example of educational use of web 2.0 tools. Students love comics and you have provided plenty of activities that hone the skills of students.

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Some great ideas, so thanks for sharing. I wrote something similar myself recently. You can see my ideas at http://www.brighthub.com/education/k-12/articles/60323.aspx

Jonathan,

Thanks for sharing your article. It introduced me to some new comic creation sites!

I have used comics in the classroom fora few years, especially with kids ages 10-12. I find they are a great way to engage reluctant readers and writers.
This year I teach an all boys class (in a co-ed school) and they are mad drawers and comic users!
Professor Garfield, Comic Life and ToonDoo are our favourites. I use them in my computer component of my literacy groups, based on stories we have read, the current grammar focus or even just as another way to learn spelling words.