How to Teach with Comics

Ideas for how educators can use comics and avatars in their classroom.

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African American Spirituals

Students will learn how some African American spirituals became necessary for exchanging secret messages among fugitive slaves for safe movement along the Underground Railroad.

Shape Classifications

In this lesson, students will classify a given set of shapes and provide an explanation to justify their answer.

How Similar Are We?

Students will be able to compare and contrast cultural aspects of different ancient civilizations that developed around the same time.

Meeting a New Student - Greetings

After learning how to greet people the language being taught, students will read a sample conversation comic and make a Greetings comic of their own.

Justify the Symmetry

In this lesson, students will explain how they know whether a sample object is or is not symmetrical.

Spot The Differences

Use this fun little exercise to have your students practice their observation skills by having them list out the five differences between these comic panels. Or, use this idea to make your own Spot The Difference activities!

What? So What? Now What?

Students will learn to better comprehend and check their understanding of nonfiction text by asking reflective questions. They will create a comic to demonstrate their understanding and personal connection to the content in a social studies text.

Visible & Invisible Me!

Students will define visible characteristics that describe who they are and then explore the invisible characteristics, or things that are unseen and felt inside, that define who they are but people may not know.

Transcontinental Railroad

Students will understand the impact the transcontinental railroad had on the economy, environment, and culture of the United States.

The Great Depression

Students will learn about the Great Depression and demonstrate their understanding of this economic downfall.

Digital Habits Quiz

Students will take a true or false quiz to test their knowledge about digital usage and their mental health, and then create a comic showing some positive alternatives.

3D Shapes

In this lesson, students will have the opportunity to practice using language to describe the basic features of three dimensional shapes. Students will use key vocabulary to compare and discuss shapes.

Conserve To Preserve

Students will identify a current global issue affecting our environment and determine a method of how the issue can be solved.

Participation Is Key

Students will explore ways in which citizens can participate in the democratic process in the United States.

Shape Riddles

In this lesson, students will craft riddles to describe 2D shapes based on their points, angles, and lines.

The 3 Branches

Students will learn about the three branches of government and be able to differentiate between them.

Distance Problems

Students will interpret data to write and solve a real-world word problem involving distance.

Preposition Power!

Students will learn about prepositions. They will create a comic to demonstrate the use of prepositions in sentences.

Following a Routine

This lesson is intended to reinforce what to do during daily routines to help students be successful and minimize disruptions in the classroom.

Checks and Balances

Students will learn how each branch of government plays a role in making sure another branch does not become too powerful using a system of checks and balances.

The Jewish Plight: Interwar Years

Students will learn about discrimination, prejudice, and the attempted genocide of Jewish people during the Holocaust and the years leading up to WWII.

Student Interview

Students will practice the skills being learned in class by creating I-statements in the language being learned.

Setting Boundaries

Through prompted questions in comics, students will reflect on people and situations where they may have struggled with setting boundaries to better prepare for similar future scenarios.

Health Is Wealth

Students will learn about the importance of taking care of your health.

Interjections!

Students will learn to use interjections in writing through the creation of a comic.

Writing Multi-Digit Word Problems

In this lesson, students will create word problems requiring addition or subtraction of multi-digit numbers. Students will solve word problems written by a classmate.

Guess My Number

In this lesson, students will provide clues to the location of a mystery rational number on the number line.

Area & Perimeter

In this lesson, students will write and solve word problems for the perimeter or area of a rectangle.

I Used to Think/Now I Think

Students will use the I Used to Think/Now I Think strategy to help them determine specific text evidence and infer information drawn from text. They will create a comic to demonstrate their understanding before and after reading.

There’s An App For That

In this lesson, students will develop the idea for an app that will solve a school or home problem.

Who is the Narrator?

Students will learn about first and third person points of view by narrating comics of their own.

Political Cartoons

Students will learn about the impact imperialism had on indigenous peoples and cultures from around the world.

Panama Canal Debate

Students will practice their research and debate skills by creating a comic which explains their perspective on a historic event.

Fraction Word Problems

In this lesson, students will write and solve word problems involving the addition or subtraction of fractions with like denominators.

What We Make

Students will learn and explain how agriculture has impacted their state.

Get To the Root

This lesson provides students with the opportunity to practice using Greek and Latin roots to help figure out the meaning of words they’re not familiar with.

Exponent Power

In this lesson, students will learn to write and evaluate matching expressions and exponential form involving whole-number exponents.

Types of Pronouns

Students will learn about subjective, objective, and possessive pronouns. They will create a comic to demonstrate properly using pronouns in writing.

Super Suffixes

This lesson is intended to reinforce the idea of determining the meaning of words with suffixes. Students will create a comic to inform others how to figure out the meaning of a new word using suffixes.

Cognates

Students will notice cognates that exist in English and Spanish. These are words that are both visibly and audibly similar, and have the same meaning.

In The News!

Students will create a News Story comic to share information or explain a topic.

Where’s the Evidence?

Students will practice speaking and writing arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

Progressing Action

Students will learn about progressive verb tenses. They will create a comic to demonstrate their understanding of progressive verb tenses.

That’s Perfect!

Students will learn about perfect verb tenses. They will create a comic to demonstrate their understanding of perfect verb tenses.

Conjunctions

Students will practice using conjunctions to combine sentences.

Healthy Relationships

Set your students up for life in and out of school by teaching them about healthy vs. unhealthy relationships.

Supporting Your Opinions

Students will practice responding to opinion statements of others with their own personal preferences.

Be Proud!

Students will celebrate accomplishments they’ve achieved in the last year.

Personal Traditions

Students will create comics about personal traditions they celebrate outside of school.

Adverbial Phrases

Students will practice working with adverb phrases to help provide description while speaking and writing.

Active and Passive Voice

In this lesson, students will have the opportunity to practice using both active and passive voices.

World Languages Introductions

This comic will introduce students to 1. Basic greetings, 2. How to use Pixton, 3. How to use the Input Method Editor (keyboard) of the target language.

Our First Colonists

Students will explore the first colonists who settled in their community.

Code It & Define It

In this lesson, students will define a coding term by describing and providing an example of it in context.

See, Think, Wonder

Students will use the See/Think/Wonder strategy to help them better understand scientific information or text. They’ll demonstrate their understanding in a comic.

Find The Good

In this lesson, students will describe a beneficial way to utilize the Internet and/or social media that impacts the greater good.

Dare to Compare

In this lesson, students will work in pairs to explain how to create common denominators and compare fractions. Students will show the calculations used to create common denominators on a separate worksheet.

Mark It!

This lesson reinforces the language associated with finding the percent of numbers when solving word problems.

A Day In My Life

Students will create a comic taking the reader through a typical day in their life.

S.M.A.R.T Goal Refresher

Students will review the meaning of the acronym of “S.M.A.R.T.” goal in preparation to write a goal of their own.

Places In The House

Students will practice vocabulary “at home” through the creation of an “Around the House” comic.

Let's Take A Trip

Students design a comic brochure about a destination and notice language patterns used to describe a specific place.

The Art of Apologizing

Through this sample comic, students will learn to use compassionate words when apologizing.

Transition Words

Students will create a comic using transition words to convey sequence.

Egyptian Math Mashup

Practice math skills and learn about Egyptian history at the same time with this exercise.

How Questions

Students will explain a phenomenon by answering “how” or “why" questions.

Top 5 Facts

Students will conduct a short research project about a topic. Students will create a comic to demonstrate their understanding of the researched topic of their choice.

Inspire Donations to Those in Need

Students will practice persuasive writing while inspiring others to donate to charities or people in need with this lesson on giving back.

Calm Down Strategies

This lesson is intended to reinforce and create an individualized calm down strategy for students.

Test Taking Strategies

Students will learn some test taking strategies and create a comic to demonstrate their understanding.

Fractions

This lesson is intended to reinforce vocabulary and language used to describe fractions. It can be used as an ESL lesson or as a math lesson to reinforce the concept of fractions.

Making Smart Choices

Students will use comic reflection questions to learn how to make good decisions at home and in school.

So Many Syllables!

Students will analyze multisyllabic words in context to determine the meaning, syllables, and word parts.

Making Inferences

Students will practice expressing their ideas and inferences about a text.

Self-Advocacy

This lesson is intended to allow students to practice asking for help in the general education setting while creating a future scenario.

Asking for Help!

Students will practice how to ask for help in pre-designed scenarios.