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					                      Comic Relief in the Classroom presentation by above title- by lisbrock (Nancy Brockman)

Ideas of ways to use comics across the curriculum:

  Comics in the Classroom: 100 Tips, Tools, and Resources for Teachers
Suggestions from this web site created by Kelsey Allen include the following
   Lesson Plans for Elementary
   Elementary teachers will enjoy these great lesson plans designed
   specifically for early learners.
    • Creative Writing Using Comics. Teach creative writing to 4th
       through 8th graders with this lesson that also expands to include
       vocabulary and a group activity.
    • Buzz! Whiz! Bang! Using Comic Books to Teach Onomatopoeia.
       Great for grades 3-5, this four-part lesson lets students create
       their own comic strip while exploring onomatopoeia.
    • Comics in the Classroom as an Introduction to Narrative
       Structure. Sequencing, story-telling, and plotting are all part of
       this lesson appropriate for 3rd-5th graders.
    • Make Family Comic Strips. Appropriate for grades 2-5, this
       lesson guides students through creating a comic strip depicting a
       funny event from their family.
    • To, Too, or Two: Developing an Understanding of Homophones.
       After studying homophones, students will create a skit acting out
       the homophones, then convert their skit to a comic strip.

  Lesson Plans for Middle School
  Middle school teachers will find plenty of great ideas for teaching with
  comics among these lesson plans.
  • Greek and Latin Roots Lesson Plan: Superhero Comic Strip. Let
     students show their knowledge of Greek and Latin root words by
     creating a superhero comic strip in this lesson plan.
  • Comic Book Project – Grades 5-8. This writing lesson
     emphasizes such concepts as creating conflict and resolution,
    sequential writing, action verbs, descriptive language, and
•   Cartoon Project. 7th through 12th graders can reinforce math
    concepts of ratio and proportion in this lesson.
•   Change Happens. Study the development and change of tools and
    systems through creating comic strips.
•   Make a Statement. Students take a position on the politics
    during the American Revolutionary War and convey their stance
    through several different mediums, including comics.

Lesson Plans for High School
These lesson plans supply creative, engaging, and educational ways to
incorporate comics.
 • The Comic Book Show and Tell. Students will draft a comic book
    script based on a prompt, create a layout, revise their drafts, and
    share revisions with others.
 • Comic Makeovers: Examining Race, Class, Ethnicity, and
    Gender in the Media. Students will learn to recognize
    stereotypes as presented by the media in this two-week lesson
    that culminates in a "comic character makeover."
 • Treasure Island Teachers’ Guide. The third in the series, be
    sure to use this lesson plan when studying Treasure Island in
 • American Born Chinese Lesson Plans. This guide offers
    suggestions for teaching culture and history using graphic novels.
 • Examining Transcendentalism Through Popular Culture. Students
    learn about Emerson, Thoreau, and aspects of transcendentalism
    through popular culture–including comics.

Lesson Plans for All Ages
These lesson plans are adaptable for a wide range of student.
• Comic Strip Lesson Plan. This lesson plan is actually for an ESL
   class, but can easily be used in any class and is adjustable to the
   age and/or reading level of the students.
• Character and Plot Development Through Comics. Character,
   plot development, point of view, and tone are learned through this
   lesson plan that is specifically aligned to the Florida testing
   •   Comic Strip. This lesson can be adjusted for any age and
       reinforces listening skills and comprehension.
   •   Comic Book Superheroes Unmasked!. This study guide from the
       History Channel offers suggestions for teaching this lesson to
       middle and high school students and also includes a link to the
   •   Autobiographical Comics. This project steps teachers through
       guiding middle and high school students through creating comics
       to detail autobiographical stories.

       Check out their website for even more ideas and several comic making
       resource sites as well:


                    Tech Ed- Technology in Education:
                  How to Use Comic Life in the Classroom

This site has an article written by Charles Thacker about
using comics in the classroom- He suggests:

Use comics to help break down complex ideas and to create entertaining
content for material that can sometimes be dull. Here are some assignment
ideas that lend themselves to the use of comics:
   • 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
   • …and on and on
One teacher’s comment on using student made comics with poetry:
 I have used comic life with tenth graders when working on interpreting
difficult poetry--it would work at any level.
What I do is put each line of the poem in a different frame (leaving blank
space for students to draw).
Then, they need to draw a depiction of each line in the comic box. It helps
them chart what the poet/poem is trying to say, and it\'s a fun activity.
Plus, it\'s way easier when I ask “What do you think this line is about?”,
because they all want to share what they drew.


Jeff Sharp has created a teaching with comics resource page.
This site details the drawing of comics and has a rubric as well as some
good suggestions for lessons. Ideas could be adapted to computer-
generated comics. The templates would be wonderful pre-production
storyboards for brainstorming prior to going to the computers!


Additional ideas and suggestions available at these sites: -Lesson Plans with a
Comic Theme -Political cartoon lessons
Comic Ideas Lesson plans using Comic Creator
  This page is by the author of the attached
rubric and also has a link to his Factoring Comic: Factoring with Mr. Yang
and Mosley - An online comics-based unit teaching factoring, a difficult
concept covered in Algebra 2.

Comic making resource sites:
Rather than promoting one particular package and for information about the
various options available, I invite you to explore these websites and wikis to
learn more:
This wiki lists several comic/sketch tools- see tools 23-30 in the Table of
Contents on the right hand side of the page. Samples from Pixton, Bitstrip,
and Toondoo are used in the Vuvox Collage.

 Bitstrips for Schools -Technology Integration Matrix
                        Authored by Gene Yang (
  For an editable doc. file of this rubric go to:
              Listed in the web resources along with some additional resource links!
Category                     4                    3                  2                   1
Panel Sizes &       Consistent use of    Some examples of One or two            Panel sizes and
Shots               panel size and/or    using panel size   examples of using   the framing of
                    shots to             and/or shots to    panel size and/or   shots confuse,
                    emphasize the        emphasize the      shots to            rather than add
                    information          information        emphasize the       to, the story.
                    and/or emotional     and/or emotional   information
                    content of the       content of the     and/or emotional
                    work.                work.              content of the

Transitions &      Most panel-to-       Some panel-to-       One or two           Most panel-to-
Layout             panel transitions    panel transitions    examples of well-    panel transitions
                   are well-planned     are well-planned     planned panel-to-    are random and
                   and appropriate to   and appropriate to   panel transitions.   haphazard. Panel
                   the information      the information      Panel order and      order and word
                   and/or emotions      and/or emotions      word balloon         balloon order
                   conveyed. Panel      conveyed. Panel      order within         within panels are
                   order and word       order and word       panels are           consistently
                   balloon order        balloon order        sometimes            confusing.
                   within panels are    within panels are    confusing.
                   always clear.        usually clear.
Artwork            The artwork is       The artwork is       The artwork is       The artwork is
                   consistently         usually readable     sometimes            illegible. Many of
                   readable and         and                  illegible. Two of    the characters
                   understandable.      understandable.      the characters       look the same.
                   Characters are       Characters are       look the same.       The art style
                   always               usually              The art style        contradicts the
                   distinguishable      distinguishable      neither adds to      tone of the story.
                   from one another.    from one another.    nor takes away
                   The art style        The art style        from the tone of
                   closely matches      loosely matches      the story.
                   the tone of the      the tone of the
                   story.               story.

Writing            No misspelled        Only one or two      A few misspelled     Many misspelled
                   words or             misspelled words     words or             words and/or
                   grammatical          or grammatical       grammatical          grammatical
                   errors.              errors.              errors.              errors.

Lettering          Lettering is neat    Lettering is         Lettering is         Letter is illegible.
                   and legible. Ample   adequate. Ample      somewhat messy.      Lettering is
                   space is always      space is usually     Some examples of     consistently
                   given to the         given to the         lettering crammed    crammed into
                   lettering in word    lettering in word    into word balloons   word balloons and
                   balloons and         balloons and         and captions.        captions.
                   captions.            captions.