Sharing Stories through Comics and Cartoons

EVO 2012 Digital Storytelling Course - Sharing stories through comics and cartoons

Comics and cartoons compress stories into a just a few frames. How might this be a strength in classes with young learners?

Integrating comics into lessons

How teachers can use comics:

  • create comics to use as signs and posters around the school
  • have students introduce themselves with the help of comics and make a collage to put on the class wall;
  • ask students to put comic strips in order to practice sequencing
  • reate a comic with a controversial opinion to generate a discussionexternal image landing_class_en.png
  • choose topical comics and cartoons to use as a base for introducing
a class discussion on current news of the day/week.
  • make powerful statements
  • make blog/wiki announcements in an unusual way
  • present slang, phrasal verbs, idioms with the help of comics
  • present grammar
  • deliver new content
  • use comics to give directions/ instructions
  • use comics to add interest to worksheets, handouts, presentations
  • activities for using comic strips, using cartoons and comic strips

What students can do with the help of comics:
  • write short book reviews as comic strips instead of traditional way
  • create promotional posters
  • post blog comments in an unusual way
  • jazz up dialogues
  • continue the story‚Ķ
  • choose the ending to a story
  • guess the caption
  • illustrate slang, phrasal verbs, idioms with the help of comics
  • illustrate grammar
  • vocabulary review
  • expressing opinion
  • make an instruction manual
  • use their favourite games scenes: make a screen capture and create a comic strip
  • research assignment
  • interview
  • convert a traditional story into a comic
  • write a story
  • current affairs item: students can use comics to investigate and respond to social and political issues
  • reflecting on a task: it could be presented as an interview or a discussion; characters can discuss the unit of work they just did
  • reflecting on an excursion, summer holidays etc.
  • sequencing: students place the comic frames into the correct order
  • filling in empty speech bubbles
  • revision: ask the students to create a comic using the new content they have learned
  • using new words: students can practice new words by applying them in the correct context in a comic: provide (5) words which must be used in a comic
  • use song lyrics as inspiration for a comic
  • adapt a poem
  • go back in time, explore events from history and adapt them into comic form
  • (adapting any content which has been read)
  • create a comic on internet safety rules
  • use comic creation sites for designing a presentation, a title page, invitation, magazine etc.

Ideas for using comics in class

Comic Creation Tools
Create comics, make movies, edit audio, and more! Embed in a blog or wiki.

create your comic strip with Flickr pictures and add bubbles to tell your story!

Cool graphic novel creator.

You don't have to register in order to create a comic.

Not free, but offers a 30-day free trial and includes more educational support (e.g., activities) than most other comic generators

Make Beliefs Comix
Two, three and four panel comics that you can create in multiple languages.

Comic Strip Generator
You can upload photos or use web images in addition to their library of ready-to-use images

you can create comic strips or (in Comics Lab Extreme) comic books

Examples of comics
created with Garfield

the site allows students to share their comics, comment on other comics, and even save and edit a copy of a comic

More comics tools

Comic Creator Tools Function Review


More about comics

Examples of comics
Comics created by EVO 2012
Digital Storytelling course participants
Comics for learning purposes