Pixton Lesson 3:


Learning Objective: To understand the terminology and layout elements of a comic.

Overview: In this lesson, students will learn the essential elements of a comic. They will put their new knowledge to use and create a tier comic incorporating some of these elements. They should leave this lesson with the confidence to label and talk about a page of a comic and the features it holds.

Success Criteria:

  • I can label the parts of a comic.
  • I know the elements of a comic.
  • I can apply my knowledge of comic terminology and create a tier comic.

Materials Needed:

  • A copy of the Google Slides for this lesson (see below).
  • Markers.
  • Comic Worksheet or newspaper comics.
  • Pixton.

Lesson Plan


  • Open the Elements of a Comic Layout Slide Pack.
  • Slide 2: Ask students what they know about comics.
    • Can they name any of the parts of a comic?
    • Brainstorm the terms and ideas they have on the clipboard.
  • Slide 3: Read through the comic and see if they can name any elements.
  • Slide 4: Read through the lesson objective and success criteria with the students.
  • Slides 5-24: Click through the slides and go through the terminology of a comic.


  • Slides 25-26: Distribute the newspaper comics or Comic Worksheet to students in pairs.
  • Have students highlight and label the different elements of a comic.
  • 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 are there gutters in a comic?
  • Perform a gallery walk around the class to view what their peers found.
  • see Slide 27 for answers.


  • Slide 18: Using Pixton, create a comic about something that happened to you on the way home from school.
    • Did you see Bigfoot?
    • Did you find magical sneakers? You can make this one up!
  • Remember to use all of the layout elements!
  • Elements to choose from are:
    • Panel.
    • Sequence.
    • Gutter.
    • Subject.
    • Onomatopoeia.
  • Allow students to share their comics with the class.