Learning Objective: To understand the basic storytelling tools a comic creator uses to tell a story.
Overview: Comics tell a story. In this lesson, students will learn about some of the storytelling tools a cartoonist uses. Then they’ll use these tools to create a comic of their own.
- I can identify the storytelling tools a comic creator uses in a comic.
- I can use these storytelling tools to make my own comic.
- A copy of the Google Slides for this lesson (see below).
- Comic Worksheet or newspaper comics.
- Open the Elements of a Comic Slides presentation.
- Slide 2: Ask students:
- What they know about comics?
- How is a comic different from a chapter or picture book?
- Brainstorm their ideas on the clipboard.
- Slide 3: Read the comic as a class.
- What do they notice about the way the comic is written?
- Are there any paragraphs or chapters?
- How did the writer tell the story?
- Slides 3-13: Using the Slides presentation, teach the primary storytelling tools used to create a comic e.g., caption, speech bubble, thought bubble, whisper bubble, shout bubble.
- Slides 17-18: Distribute the newspaper comics or Comic Worksheet to students.
- In pairs, have students highlight and label the storytelling tools used in a comic.
- They can then fill in the storytelling bubbles with what they think is missing from the story.
- You may ask some of the following questions as students are learning:
- What do they notice about each panel?
- What do the speech bubbles show us?
- Can you tell me why you think they used this bubble here?
- What is the difference between narration and speech bubbles?
- Why do you think they have some words in bold text like WHOOOSH?
- Perform a gallery walk around the class to view what their peers found.
- See Slide 19 for answers.
Using Pixton, create a three-panel comic about your best day ever.
Did you win a million dollars?
Did your puppy start talking to you? It doesn’t have to be true, of course.
Teachers, feel free to link to a theme you are already doing at school!
Remember to use at least three of the five storytelling tools.
You can share student comics online or by printing them out.