March 6, 2015


It’s Friday, an exhausting, yet exhilarating day. ComicFest!

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A day devoted to kicking-off our Graphic Novel unit.





We set up six stations in the library for our 64 sixth graders.

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We watched a video on the different screen shots, and then used the iPad to take photos using the different shot angles.

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We explored a website about different speech bubbles that are used in graphic novels.

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We created comics on the iPads with the Strip Designer app.

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We explored characters’ emotions and expressions with Corbett Harrisons’  Mr. Stick.

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We completed a comic about two kids in a dump.


But the most talked about station? Bubble Talk—the comics answer to Apples to Apples. You’ve just got to get this game.2015-03-06 10.04.09

My teaching partner, Heidi, and I stayed after school to clean up and look at the students’ work. We were exhausted, but delighted to discover that our students had a blast and actually learned a lot. ComicFest was worth all of the work that went into the planning and set-up.


6 thoughts on “March 6, 2015

  1. I really enjoy graphic novels. Two years ago I gathered a great collection to use with my fifth graders, but right now we are specializing and I teach writing, science, grammar and orthography (spelling). Perhaps I could use this idea after all. There does seem to be a lot of writing! Any chance I can get more details? We don’t have ipads, but I do have Chromebooks. Perhaps I can find a similar comic strip app. How much time did you allow for this? I really do love this idea and so would my students!


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