Or download our app "Guided Lessons by Education.com" on your device's app store.
BAM! POW! Comic Strip Writing
Students will reflect on the elements of comic strip writing.
Students will be able to create their own story using a comic strip format.
- Gather students on the rug and show them your collection of comic books and/or graphic novels. Introduce the genre and ask students what are the important features of a comic book. What do they look like? How are they different from other picture books? During the discussion, find the right moment to introduce the words, dialogue, and speech bubbles.
- Tell students that today they will be comic strip writers and explain that comic books are made up of comic strips. They will just be writing a short scene where at least two characters are talking to each other.
Explicit instruction/Teacher modeling(15 minutes)
- Share your pre-made comic strips with your students.
- Model brainstorming a new scene, either realistic or fictional and sketching out the sequence of events.
- Elicit student input for going back and filling in the dialogue.
- Tell students that now that the events and dialogue are completed, you can go back and add more detail and color to your drawings.
Guided practice/Interactive modeling(10 minutes)
- Have students help each other brainstorm by partnering them up and giving them the opportunity to talk through their ideas.
- After each partner has had a chance to talk, pass out the blank worksheets but not the pencils! Have them touch each box and explain to their partner what they will write/draw.
Independent working time(20 minutes)
- Get to work, comic strip writers! Have students make their stories come alive by drawing and writing the stories they’ve planned.
- More fluent writers who are ready for a challenge might enjoy making a real comic book and linking several scenes into a story that makes sense, then stapling them together to make a book.
- Reluctant writers may benefit from reducing number of boxes in the scene. They also may find it manageable to draw a scene form their own life rather than inventing one.
- As students share their ideas with partners, circulate, take notes on who might need more support.
- Use completed first draft comic strips to measure writing skills.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Choose 1 or 2 students who would like to share their stories. Gather students on rug and have students share their stories.