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Understand how comics are beneficial in schools and ways they can be used.

  1. Eek! Comics in the Classroom!. This article describes many of the benefits of using comics and graphic novels in education and also includes resources for places to find appropriate materials for class.

  2. Comics in the Classroom. Take an in depth look at the recent trend of using comics in the classroom, whether it is appropriate for the classroom, and resources for teaching with comics and graphic novels.

  3. Comic Book Science in the Classroom. Listen to this NPR report about teaching with comics, including both benefits and concerns as seen by educators.

  4. Maryland Comic Book Initiative. Read about this initiative in Maryland elementary schools, then read the research behind it, get sample lessons, and watch videos of students in action.

  5. MSP#101: Comics in the Classroom. The last half of this podcast features Dr. Peter Coogan, Director of the institute for Comic Studies as he discusses comics in the classroom.

  6. Comics in the Classroom. This informative article examines some of the reasons why comics and graphic novels are fast growing in school libraries, but a bit slower to reach the classrooms.

  7. How Comics Address Gardner's Multiple Intelligences. A page within a nice site that is dedicated to comics, storytelling, pictures and art. The page addresses how comics in the classroom can address Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences.

Resources for Using Comics in the Classroom


These resources are all valuable sources of information, tools, community, and more to help you use comics in your classroom.

  1. Comics in the Classroom. This site is all about promoting the use of comics in the classroom and includes news and reviews, lesson plans, forums, a blog, and much more.

  2. Teachingcomics.org. This organization helps promote quality teaching through comics and offers such resources as lesson plans, study guides, handouts, connections with other teachers, and featured schools using comics in the classroom.

  3. Drawing Cartoons Theme Page. This site offers tons of links to resources ranging from creating cartoons to learning about the profession of cartoonist to teacher resources.

  4. Educational Comic Books for the Classroom. This helpful article includes a list of comic books for elementary aged children, tips for using comics in the classroom, and resources for teachers.

  5. ReadWriteThink Genre Activity Using Comics. A ReadWriteThink activity that can be used as an Introduction to Genre Study. ReadWriteThink has many other lesson plans and activities using comics as well. These can be found by searching "comics" as a keyword.

Tools

Whether you or your students will be making comics in the class, check out these tools to help you get creative.

  1. Comic Creator. Supply the information you want in this tool that provides people, animals, thought and speech bubbles, props, and backdrops.

  2. How to Use Comic Life in the Classroom. This article describes how to use Comic Life, an inexpensive comic generator, to create a book report for class.

  3. Make Beliefs Comix. This tool allows students to create comic strips and provides plenty of options for customizing their strips. There is also a section for teacher resources here.

  4. Pixton. Students can create their comic strip here or you can select Pixton for Schools for an education-oriented experience that brings the entire class together on projects.

  5. Bitstrip. Students can browse through other people’s comics and create their own at this site.

  6. ToonDoo. This comic strip generator allows students to create their own comics. Teachers should check the site for appropriate content as it is not specifically an education site.

  7. PikiKids. After uploading images, students can choose their layout, add speech bubbles, and more to create fun comics.

  8. BeFunky. Turn digital photos into digital comics and more with this free tool.

  9. Comiqs. Use templates or design your own images with this cartoon generator that provides results in a slide show that can even be put on a class blog or website.

  10. http://www.comicstripcreator.org/