How to Write Comic Books
Art and Humor in the Creative Writing Classroom!
Learning how to write comic books gives kids a chance to indulge in fantasy careers as graphic illustrators. Who knows? By teaching how to write comics, you may launch the next Charles Schultz!
Through telling a short, humorous story with words and phrases, learning how to write comics encourages students to creatively use detailed illustrations to express a story line. As your class practices how to write comics, they'll also utilize all of the individual ways they learn best
! Below are "comic connections"
to the multiple intelligences
. I'm sure you'll recognize other connections as well.
How to Write Comic Books: Multiple Intelligence Connections
- Verbal-Linguistic: writing the dialogue for speech bubbles and the story line for a comic
- Spatial: illustrate the comic
- Bodily-Kinesthetic: sequence the scrambled pages of a comic book
- Logical-Mathematical: plan the logical order of the story line; determine the number of pages needed for the comic book
- Interpersonal: edit comic books with a partner
- Intrapersonal: plan and create initial drafts of the comic book
- Musical: decide upon sound effects for the pages ("Crash!", "Bang!", "Pow!", etc.)
- Naturalist: create a storyline about nature and the environment
- Existential: create a storyline expressing specific values
Now let's look at a step-by-step lesson plan for how to write comics.
How to Write Comic Books: A Step-by-Step Guide
- Step 1: With your class, examine various comic strips and books, discussing the viewpoint of the artist or the overall theme of the plot. List the elements of a great comic book. Art? Action? Dialogue? Humor? Storyline? A message to the reader?
- Step 2: Brainstorm ideas for good storylines. Students might self-select a topic for their first comic books, or you may wish to assign a theme. Designing comic books makes great cross-curricular projects!
- Step 3: Have students develop the personalities of their characters and begin to sequence a storyline. Write a short paragraph describing the plot, along with character descriptions. These notes will form the material for their comic books.
- Step 4: Have students break down their storyline into sections. This can be done through either changes in settings or events in the plot.
- Step 5: Begin to draw detailed pictures illustrating each section of the plot. Remember to leave room for speech bubbles and any necessary captions.
- Step 6: Assemble pages in sequential order, add a vivid cover, and share the finished books in a classroom comic-fest!
- Evaluation: Check each book for the following:
- Is the story separated into appropriate sections?
- Do the illustrations match each section?
- Does the plot make sense and follow a reasonable sequence?
- Are captions and dialogue spelled correctly?
No matter the topics of study, learning how to write comic books is a great way to write across the curriculum
! Unleash your graphic artists now!
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