In an effort to continue promoting the integration of comics & cartooning in the curriculum, we will post lesson plans and activity ideas on this blog. Teachers will be free to use these lessons with their students. It’s our hope that teachers reading these posts will join the discussion here and share their own ideas and reflections about using comics in their curriculum.
Inspired by our book, Comics in Your Curriculum, Phil Amara recently used comics in his classroom. Here is a look at a lesson he created to do with his students. For all of you teachers out there, take a look at this. Try it out. And let us know your thoughts. Post your reflections, comments, and ideas here for other teachers to use.
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What evidence did you find of the kids learning?
Students were motivated by their freedom to create their own stories without restraint. As long as they constructed complete sentences, and took clues from the art, the sky was the limit. The result was eager student work and that wonderful, subconscious, internalization of the criteria that all teachers desire.
Not sure about extension, but an option would be to scaffold it so that less and less information is provided in each panel. So, by the last panel, students are drawing the art and balloon as well as doing the writing. With the wealth of material available in comics form, especially in manga which is typically black and white, it’s fairly easy to connect the activity to science, social studies, what have you.
Try out Phil’s idea in your classroom. Make a variation of your own. Create your own ideas to try in the classroom. Then share them with your colleagues. This and future lesson plans will be saved under the “Activities” category.