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Lesson Plans

Comic Express: A Method for Expressing Ideas in Comic Form

By: Don Bergland, University of Victoria Illustrated stories are a powerful form of popular expression. Formats such as the single cartoon, panel strip, comic book, graphic novel, and illustrated book have been widely used in our culture to communicate and express ideas in dramatic ways. Comic products are usually characterized by powerful graphic images which reveal skill in drawing and illustration. Students who attempt to create comic forms, however, are sometimes disappointed when their results lack the illustrative power associated with this format.

Count of Monte Cristo

Provided by: Supplemental Super-Heros These are teaching materials developed by Supplemental Super-Heros to be used with the comic book Classics Illustrated Count of Monte Cristo. The materials are to be used for educational purposes only. Download Student Edition and Teacher Edition here.

Graphica- The study of Comics and Graphic Novels as a medium of literature. Part I.

By: Tegan Zimmerman Henry – Literacy Roots View lesson plan here.

Action Comics #1

Provided by: Supplemental Super-Heros These are teaching materials developed by Supplemental Super-Heros to be used with the comic book based on the original Superman story featured in Action Comics #1. Download Student and Teacher Editions here.

The Tarantula

Provided by: Supplemental Super-Heros These are teaching materials developed by Supplemental Super-Heros to be used with the comic book Weird Suspense #1 from Atlas Comics. The materials are to be used for educational purposes only. Download Student and Teacher Edition here.

Serious Business About Comics

Written by A. David Lewis In 2006, comic book creator and educator A. David Lewis (THE LONE AND LEVEL SANDS) was asked by Fuller Middle School in Framingham, MA to come speak on the graphic novel to a section of their 6th grade (ages 11-12). This fit into the MA educational curriculum framework (their state guidelines) as the exploration of an alternate literary genre as well as the integration of art with text. Having already taken that Spring’s MCAS exam, this interactive discussion on comics and graphic novels was a welcome respite to the students; in advance of the presentation, […] Read More

Little Orphan Annie: Leapin’ Through the Depression

Materials Needed (adaptable according to activities selected): Access to internet, paper, printer; white-out; fine-tipped black felt-tip pens; access to Xerox machine; game of Monopoly, form of blank check (instructions included in “Suggested Activities”), copies of Little Orphan Annie comics (reproducible from “Printable Items” or from the internet, or from “Recommended Resources.” Additional resources about the 1930’s and Depression era (media, books, magazines, etc) might also be helpful; a visit to your school media center coinciding with “Suggested Activities” could expand possibilities.

Teaching Literary Devices with Comics

Grade Levels: English Language Arts grades 6-8, 9-12 Lesson Objectives: Identify literary devices used in texts, such as metaphors, mood, tone, plot structures, symbolism, irony, etc. Incorporate identified literary devices in original writing