Friday, November 27, 2009

Comics Project for Kids

Recently, I encouraged children to read a Comics in the classroom. They picked up Archies, Amar Chitra Katha picture books, Batman and few random comics that I have in my Library. Comic books are a great way for kids to get interested and excited about reading as well as helping to develop their imagination. But nothing can be more important for parents than to be sure that their children are reading age appropriate material. As a kid, we all love to read comics. But, which one is ok for children now? Here's my best picks in Amazon Listmania and sure, you'd love to read these comics too.

Btw, ever tried a Comic Project for Kids? Well, I remember helping kids to create comic strips with brainstorming sessions using Imaginations - with words and picture stickers. Here's some tips to help.

Vocabulary: Students can learn to get involved in communication and language structure.

Use of words: Help them to create Balloons to fill in simple words of addressing and expressions like hi, oh, ouch, hmm...etc.

Script : Talk to them about the picture sticker and help them imagine to create a script. The flow of the 3/4 panel story comes with their imaginative inputs.

Message: The message selection can be social or anything that can be humor too. Simple ways for beginners to express words.

Story Continuation: Encourage kids to write a story first. Then write dialogues. This may also ease the making of comic strip process.

Pairing : Pair the children in a group of 2 or 4. Make it fun session. Let them share comic books, jokes or quotes. Engage them in group discussions to warm up before writing.

Happy to Create Comics in simple way comes quite naturally when motivation follows to spark creative juices. Kids are at their best only when they are ready to Do It. Forcing them to engage in activities gain no results.

Btw, here is Toondoo, a great Comic creating tool online - Create, publish and share Comic strips. You can discuss and find Ideas to create comics. The site gives a chance to enter into Hall of Fame and take part in competitions too.

Another site I recommend is Bill Zimmerman's Comics which I referred earlier on the Comics Page. This site more enchanced to create comics online with Teacher Resources, Writing Prompts, Story Ideas and much more to explore.
- ilaxi patel
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