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Book Report Alternative: Examining Story Elements Using Story Map Comic Strips

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Book Report Alternative: Examining Story Elements Using Story Map Comic Strips

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa Storm Fink

Lisa Storm Fink

Urbana, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

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Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

  • Picture book, or completed class novel
  • Chart paper, overhead projector, or LCD projector

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Comic Creator

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Comic Creator

The Comic Creator invites students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts (prewriting, pre- and postreading activities, response to literature, and so on).

 

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PREPARATION

  1. Choose a book to model the comic strip planning and writing process. The example used in this lesson is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak; however, any book that your students are familiar with will work for this activity.
  2. Copy the Story Elements Comic Strip Planning Sheet for students.
  3. Test the Comic Creator Student Interactive on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.
  4. Draw the columns from the Story Elements Comic Strip Planning Sheet on chart paper, an overhead, or the board, so that you can fill in the information as you discuss the story.

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