I had asked long time PLC member Keri Biron to share the following with the Connecticut group and thanks Keri! –
Ben asked me to share with you all Mike Peto’s comic book idea.
Basically, once you have created a story with your class (either from a One Word Image, which is a class created character or from an Invisible, which is an individually created character), you have an option of having the students create a comic book. I personally do this as one of the last activities in the cycle. So, once you have typed the story and the students have read the story, as well as have done various reading activities with the story, you can have them create this little comic book.
I attached three images which will show you the front, the inside, and the back of the little book. It is literally one page of paper folded in half.
I have also attached a link below which will take you to Mike Peto’s blog where you can download a template for this book.
You will see in my attached examples that I have actually written by hand the story in the various boxes. The students then have another opportunity to interact with the text and get additional visual input as they read and then create images that represent the text.
What is best about this activity is the ability to create your own classroom library-at no expense! We briefly touched upon the importance of Free Voluntary Reading. What I will be doing this year is choosing the booklets that contain the best drawings from each class and then have them laminated. Therefore, by the end of the year, I will have anywhere from forty to one hundered different story “books” that my students can read at the beginning of the period-maybe more depending on how often I create a story. This number will keep on growing as I continue to do this through the years.
Please let me know if you have any questions!