Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)
Lesson Length: 45 mins - 1 hour
Topic: Making connections between written text and a visual presentation of a story.
Grade Level: 4
Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text.
Brief Description: Students will make connections between fictional texts by creating a visual presentation.
Know Before You Start:
- This is a great way to check for understanding of a story or drama.
- Select a current piece of fictional text being read in class to use for this activity.
- Discuss the Cinderella Comic. How does the comic depict key elements of this familiar story?
- What characters or details from the story are not illustrated in the comic?
- Ask students if they’ve ever watched a movie of a book they’ve read. Did they like the movie or book better? Why?
- Discuss with students how visual presentations of a story or drama can help readers better understand the events and characters within the fictional text.
- Have students think about the characters and main events in the current fictional text being read in class.
- Ask students to create a comic of at least 3 panels that demonstrates the students’ understanding of the specific descriptions and key events in the fictional text.
- Share the created comics in a slideshow or Gallery Walk.
- Ask students to discuss how each comic demonstrates a specific representation of the events, characters, and meaning of the text.
- Allow students to work with a peer model.
- Provide sentence frames for students during closure discussion.
- Enrichment Activity: Have students write a detailed description of how their representation demonstrates events, characters, or meaning of the text.
Resources: Comic for print or display: Comic 1.