In the Create A Comic ESL project students create a comic strip about superheroes, including dialogue and narration.
Students can do this activity individually or in pairs. You will need a piece of A4 paper for each student/pair. They will also need some coloured pens/pencils.
Explain that the comic should be about one or more superheroes fighting each other/evil. You may want to draw examples of different types of speech bubbles and text boxes on the board for students to use.
- Students divide their paper into eight boxes (4×2). They can use the paper in portrait or landscape, as they prefer.
- Before drawing on the paper however, they should plan out what happens in the story. In their notebooks (or on another piece of paper), they write the following: A list of characters, A short summary of the story, What happens in each box, from number one to number eight (including dialogue and use of target language).
- After you have checked their plan, students can proceed with creating the final version of their comic. Advise them to write in pencil first.
The finished comics make a great wall display!
The Create A Comic ESL project is primarily designed for practising comparatives and/or superlatives with kids classes, at high beginner or low intermediate level. The subject matter of battling superheroes means the dialogue and narration can discuss which character is stronger/the strongest etc.
However, you could also just do it as a fun class project, without a particular language focus.
If your kids class loves superheroes, try the Create A Superhero project too.
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