We talked about creating comics and cartoons about a month ago, and we are back with some more ideas and new sites.
Did you know that creating comics is one way to differentiate in your classroom? Differentiated instruction can be in the form of choices and regards for multiple intelligences. Having students work on cartoons fits both categories as you are adhering to the visual/spatial intelligence and logical/mathematical intelligence. You can also allow students to have choice with these activities. You may give them a number of different comics to choose from and they pick a certain number of those to complete.
Our newest comic creation website is called Make Beliefs, a free comic strip creation tool that provides students with a variety of templates, characters, and prompts for building their own comic strips. The site provides students with a pre-drawn characters and dialogue boxes which they can insert into each box of their comic strip. The editing options allow users the flexibility to alter the size of each character and also their emotions.
The nice thing is that they are black and white outline and make quality copies on the copy machine. You can even have your students color them in themselves.
The following samples were created from ToonDoo and I let me students finish the already started comics.
Or let the student create the whole comic strip:
Some ideas for students to draw with their comics are to:
-Asking someone about their plans
-Declining an invitation, making an excuse
-Talking about food
-Telling a sibling what to do
-Talking about likes and dislikes
-Describing what you did on vacation
As you can see, these activities can be used in Level 1 and go all the way through Level 4 and above in any foreign language class.