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Post your connections to DREAM here relating to Greg’s presentation!
Really clever. Would be fun to have kids make an extension activity from a character in one of our books and take him/her on their next adventure.
Great integration of art elements of lines and shapes. Thanks for helping us finish the gesture drawing use and importance; also use of values for 3rd grade teachers is grand . . .
I thought the same. Maybe after a story like Dogzilla (& Kat Kong) students could create a short comic with a new conflict created by a different animal monster.
Good idea. After Dogzilla (& Kat Kong), I’d like to have the kids create a comic with a new conflict created by a different animal monster.
I really enjoyed watching his illustrations come to life! He makes it seem so easy, and I am excited to try it my classroom. I can see it as a directed draw activity that my students would really love!
Amazing! It gives me tons of ideas on how to teach writing to kids using cartoons because they answer many of the questions who, where, when, why,how. As well as it teaches kids about character setting and problem solving. I hope to develop this a lot more in the classroom next year!
Kids will love the idea of making and drawing comic strips. It would be great for students to choose a character in one of our stories and create a comic for him or her. It is a great way for students who love to draw to stay engaged.
I really enjoyed Greg’s presentation. I think incorporating comic strips would help in reading comprehension skills in class. The students can make a comic for of the beginning, middle, and end of a story. As well as creating a comic for a specific character in the story read, this would help with character analysis.
I would have liked to see a way to use comic strips to teach dialogue. I’ve done it in my class with varying levels of success but I’d love to hear from someone who really knows how to do it.
I was thinking the same thing! Dialogue is always so difficult for kids to understand and actually use. Comics are pretty much all dialogue and the kids have all (most of the time) seen comics. It would be easier for them to connect to what dialogue is!
Using a story from the text, a teacher might pose a “What if?” question, sort of like our interviews earlier today. Then, students would create a comic strip predicting how the characters would react in the story. This would require inference and point of view.
I thought this would be great in making story boards for the stories in our curriculum and extending the stories beyond their original endings. Also, students can do this with creative writing and illustrate their own personal work.
A comic strip – a great way to do a book report, show conflict and resolution, show growth of charcters, …
Wonderful! He made it seemed fun and something “anyone” can do. I’d like to use it for literary response after reading in our texts.
It was great to watch Greg and his passion for what he does. It made me think that so often we have the kids draw their illustrations last and sometimes it may be better to let them illustrate first to get their ideas flowing and then they can write from their drawings rather than draw from their writings.
I am excited to have kids take a character from a story to another level. I think my students would really love bringing characters to life.
Love the concept of using the comic strip as a form to retell with a beg., middle, end.
Me too, let’s try it someday!
There’s a Charlotte’s Web/Scholastic/Flashlight Readers website in which you can use the comic strip-making program to design comic strips with characters, settings, and dialogues for Charlotte’s Web (the most recent movie). I used it with an LCD projector and then kids were ecstatic to go online and create their own comics independently and in pairs or triads. It REALLY inspired writing and even some scripts for puppet shows. It became an epidemic for kids to want to perform their puppet shows of Charlotte’s Web and I believe it was this comic strip-making tool that got them inspired. I’m sure you can find it if you Google it. 🙂
This was entertaining and informative. I think students can use comic strips to create their own stories as well as extend a story from our curriculum.
This was very interesting to watch. I loved the simplicity of drawing expression and action. I could use this to build or assess story comprehension and understanding of characters by having students make a comic strip of something in a story.
Students can develop reading and writing skills through art. I learned that it would be helpful to start with the picture and then add dialogue or writing and so often I do a writing piece and follow with an art lessonl.
Our grade level team used a computer program called Comic Life to create story sequence, beg.mid. and end. Student drew their one pictures and wrote a summary statement (s) in the characters dialogue bubbles. I am inspired to do more directive drawing and comic strips would be a good example to use.
I like the way Greg simplified his drawing. I think I would really like to try them with my class. I think I can do it!
I agree the way he guided us through the process and told us to focus on simple shapes to the fear out of cartooning. I think I can do it too!
Greg’s and Raj’s presentation can easily relate to the DREAM philosophy. For example with fourth grade theme Heroes,we can implement chararacteristics of a great leader to a character in a story and make a comic strip connected to an event in the story that has some type of conflict. The students would get very excited and it can be done during UA time. 🙂
We can let our students become characters in the comic strip we call “real life”, teaching them to share their experiences through a comic strip.
I think it would be a good way for kids to summarize a story. They can do 5 panels with 1, 3, and 5 being the beginning, middle, and end. They can then fill in some of the details or other important info in boxes 2 and 4.
I am a firm believer in allowing my students to express their thoughts in areas that they are interested in and are good at. So I like the idea of presenting “cartooning” their thoughts to express the main idea of a story, sequence the events of a story, or other comprehension skills we are studying. I suppose I can take some time at the beginning of the year to teach some of the cartoon drawing ideas that Greg shared to help them further their cartooning along; however, many of these kids could school me in the drawing!
I like your idea of teaching cartooning at the beginning of the year. This way they will have another option to draw instead of always drawing little stick figures fighting using weapons.
Some students enjoy drawing and the creativity when let loose to draw…this is a reminder to teach basic techniques to all which builds their confidence. More exposure to this style will create familiarity and a comfort level in our students, which will allow for more risk-taking.
This is agreat tool to use in the classroom. It could be used as a reading comprehension extension, in science and social studies. It was great.
So many of my students (especially ELL) have such difficulty academically. I loved watching them come alive artistically. I can’t wait to add a comic strip aspect to my toolbox. Thanks!
It was fun to see him because I used to read Luann with my own older kids. Being artistically challenged myself, I liked the simple ideas that I can use with my students to create their own comics.
I’d like to try comic stripping for sequence of events in reviewing a story.
can’t wait to bring comic strip acivities into the classroom.
Of course we can have students create cartoons that encapsulate stories, serve as book reports, etc. But it would also be great to have students use cartoons to illustrate unit themes, bringing in characters from different stories and having them interact.
They could also use single-frame comics to identify story elements like climax, or make editorial comments/evaluations of stories.
I truly enjoyed this presentation. I liked when he showed how to take a regular drawing or sketch and how to enhance it with a few lines, bubbles, or squiggles. I see myself being able to use these techniques in my own class.
I loved Greg’s presentation! I had just one question – Every year, I have students (boys) who draw little figures engaged in bloody wars. I would like to steer these children to drawing cartoons instead. How can I do that without discouraging them. I feel that any suggestion coming from a teacher will turn them off.
This is a symptom of three things: aggressive male hormones, society’s tendency to condone “manly” behavior and the media’s profiteering on these factors via violent video games and movies. Frankly, I have no idea how to combat this. It’s just so ingrained. You’d have just as daunting a task to get girls to stop drawing flowery unicorns and start drawing macho mayhem. The good news is, it’s a harmless phase for boys, a sort of “acting out” that serves as a useful pressure valve. So I’d say, go with the flow.
The way one of the teachers addressed this way to set the parameters and told them to make sure it was school appropriate. They would make a comic strip that could be shared with the pricipal. She also allowed them to create a superhero with spell powers but again school appropriate.
What a fun and enlightening presentation! He made me realize that I can bring drawing and cartooning into my classroom activities. An ah-ha for me was when he said that he writes first and then draws. I often give the kids an option of which to do first. I can see the power in writing first and will certainly be doing that with my class.
That’s a great idea. I usually have students write and then draw. They should be given the choice because this will help with writer’s block. It will also help increase their descriptive writing.
Greg’s presentation was both informational and filled with inspiration. He presented in a fashion that made his profession seem fun and attainable by anyone. I feel like using his methods and ideas could really engage my third graders. I’ll need to revisit his suggestions and include them in my reading program.
I would love to use comics in writing, by “whiting out” the speech bubbles and having students write their own dialogue. This would encourage inferencing and then they could create their own comics. I know the kids would be highly engaged! I loved his presentation!
Then one could show them the original comic strip to compare and contrast.
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