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Comics and Graphic Novels

 

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Comics and Graphic Novels

Grades 6 – 8
Activity Time Varies according to the project the child chooses. A 3-page comic book adaptation might take 60 to 90 minutes to create, from planning to finished product. A cartoon may take less time
Activity Author

James Bucky Carter

James Bucky Carter

El Paso, Texas

 
Publisher National Council of Teachers of English
 

Activity Description

Why This Is Helpful

 

Activity Description

Whether children and teens are reading for pleasure or as part of their school experience, comic book adaptations provide a fun and meaningful way to process, respond to, and remember what they're reading. Instead of creating traditional book reports or writing summaries, get "graphic" by creating a comic book or cartoon adaptation of the major scenes from the books.

 

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Why This Is Helpful

Children of all ages can learn about comic scripting techniques and how to adapt a traditional book to a comic book or cartoon. They can recall and share important knowledge about key literature without using the traditional book report, which allows some variety while still asking them to recall typical information about the books that they read.

This activity was modified from the ReadWriteThink lesson plans "The Comic Book Show and Tell" available online at http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=921 and "Book Report Alternative: Comic Strips and Cartoon Squares."

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