Silly Moment

To lighten things up during another test week, a fifth grade teacher requested a lesson on comics for writing. So we looked at several popular examples- Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbs, Big Nate, and Garfield. We talked about some of the things that make them funny- wordplay, exaggeration, the unexpected action or response, etc. Then they went to work creating their own. One girl really got it. The punchline on her cartoon about a cat taking a nap-

“Don’t let the big dogs bite!”

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6 Responses to Silly Moment

  1. Lisa C says:

    We just finished up a mini-unit on comics in my class. They love it! During an art self assessment, nearly the whole class told me they wished they could draw better. I found some great videos on YouTube about drawing, and they couldn’t get enough! That lead to making comics. It was a lot of fun!
    Here is the link of the drawing videos. They are all about drawing thinks like Shopkins and Pokemon. And now I am the best teacher ever. 🙂
    https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtforKidsHub

  2. elsie says:

    Love it when kids get it!

  3. Leigh Anne says:

    Making comics combines creativity and critical thinking (inferring) so kids love to do this! It is not easy but your students certainly has sense of humor! Good luck on your testing this week. We started today.

  4. That is excellent! She really did get it! It’s hard to create humor, and it takes some serious intelligence to think of and express the joke she did. Bravo!

  5. arjeha says:

    Comics…really makes you think about the words you want to use to make your point. Love this idea.

  6. cvarsalona says:

    Diane, students who work diligently to make meaning of a task are the pride of a teacher. I think this activity allowed students to creatively apply the skills learned.

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