Comic Book Club Worksheets for Teachers
There are always a few kids in my art classes who love comics. For them, I designed the Comic Book Club. With so many standards and mediums to cover in art, I find it useful to have an activity that comic book fans can do outside of the classroom. Not only will your students develop their own character and story, but at the end they’ll get a copy of the comics produced by the other students.
Teachers can use Comic Book Club as a companion to writing lessons when students are learning how to develop characters, and structure stories with a beginning, middle and end.
If you are in a remote learning situation due to quarantine you can invite your child’s friends to make a comic book too! Completed project sheets can be shared with the group via email or videoconference. See the modification for distance learning below.
Comic book club instructions:
Comic Book Club has three projects that must be completed before they can draw the final draft:
On the Project #1 worksheet, you’ll draw the main character. It must be a complete figure, head-to-toe. In addition, you should write two or three sentences about the character.
The Project #2 worksheet is for the development of the other characters in the comic. There are four squares to create 1 to 4 additional characters.
The Project #3 worksheet is for the beginning, middle and end of the story. Use this as a reference when you draw the final draft.
Once all three project worksheets are done, you’ll have a main character, sub-characters and the structure of the story. Now they are ready to draw the final draft on pages 6 & 7 of the PDF.
Page 6 of the PDF, is the cover and page 3 of the finished comic book. On the cover, you should write your name where indicated. In the largest frame, illustrate the cover which will serve as an introduction to the story and the main character.
Page 7 of the PDF, is page 1 and 2 of the finished comic book. Each page of the finished comic, should correlate with the outline of the story: Page 1 is the beginning of the story, page 2 is the middle and page 3 is the end.
Draw your comic book in pencil then go over the lines with the fine-tip black marker or ballpoint pen.
Tip for making speech bubbles
Always write the words first, then outline with a speech bubble. This prevents making your speech bubble too small for the dialogue.
Once all the comics are completed, it’s time to make copies. Copy them double-sided and fold them like a book. Your students will love receiving a stack of comics by their classmates and sharing their own comic. Make extra copies of each comic to display in the classroom and library.
Modification for Remote Learning & Quarantine
Normally, each student who participates in the comic book club receives a copy of all the comic books created. But in this unique situation that will have to wait until the quarantine is over! If you are in a remote learning situation, you can copy your child’s finished comic double-sided and fold it like a book.
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