First you read a fictional personal narrative. Then you created a rough draft for an essay on your own personal narrative. What do you think the final product would be?
The students in Kim Jaremczak’s class have the answer. Her students used MakeBeliefsComix to construct a comic strip of their story. The frame above is an example of this free site. While you cannot save the comics, they can be printed (paper or print screen) and emailed. Kim’s students mounted their work on construction paper and then added background color and details.
This project provides many assessment opportunities both in the pre and post production stages. And the best part? The students loved becoming cartoonists. “This is fun, “said Daniel. That’s a comment I seldom hear with standard written assignments.
(Just a footnote to folks in the district- this site is currently not available with a student logon. While I work on the possibility of this change, I can share some other suggestions.)