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Comics and Graphic Novels
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.
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."