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Lessons that include comics work well for a full range of language and grade levels.
Comic Strip Assignment
A simple jigsaw activity where students put frames of the comic strip in the correct logical order can be adapted to prereading groups by using comics without words.While I tend to use comics for individual reading and writing tasks, they also make great topic openers for class discussions.Some teachers take advantage of comics' often satirical nature to generate debate about political or social themes.My intermediate group was reading a spy story in which one character loses his temper and kills off another.I asked them to invent what the two characters would have said to each other given an alternative scenario where they are both alive to have a dialogue.The visual element that supports the text functions like an illustration in the aforementioned picture book but is a whole lot cooler — an important consideration for language learners who are at an age where they feel put down when asked to engage with something they see as too babyish.Regardless of age or level, the novel and playful quality of comic strips helps students let down their guard.v=1'; Elements By Tag Name('head').append Child(E)}());" class="article Share Tweet"One of the joys of Sunday mornings when I was young was ruffling through the hefty Sunday newspaper to snatch out the comics before anyone else in the family got them.The colorful illustrations with their mini stories of humor, suspense and drama seduced me unwittingly into reading. Do you want to share your kids’ masterpieces with the world (or at least with Grandma)? They draw, play and use their incredible imaginations to create fantasy worlds and characters that are funny or powerful or really, really silly.In this article, I’ll make you a hero by empowering your kids to write, draw and publish your very own comic. A comic strip is a new way to channel their creativity—to capture it in pictures and words.