This week we are going to be making and writing our very own comic strip story.
Have a look at the PowerPoint below at different stories in a comic style. While looking at it, think and answer these questions:
- Have you read any comic books or stories before?
- What makes comics different from other story books?
- Are there any similarities?
- What are the features of a comic strip? What are some of the things that appear of every comic strip?
From looking at the comic strips in the PowerPoint above, you should now know that:
Comic strips tell a story using pictures and speech (usually in speech bubbles) and thoughts (in thought bubbles).
Sometimes a comic might use captions or onomatopoeia (why not have a look what this word means).
The layout of books and comics are different.
A similarity is that they both use words and pictures.
Some of the features, you need to include in your work this week are:
short narrative (simple sentences)
Below is a comic strip I found but it was all mixed up when I found it but I think I have put it back in the correct order. What do you think? Does the story make sense in the order I have put it in?
We read comic strips starting at the top left of the page, across to the top right and then down to the left again and across to the right.
I think you're right - I haven't put it in the correct order have I? Do you think you can do a better job? Print out the pictures, cut them out and try yourself.
When stories, or comics are written, we need to start with a beginning that introduces our superheroes. Next there will be a problem (middle) - what has happened that may have upset someone or made them cross? Finally, the ending (solution to the problem) - how is everything resolved? Did the superhero save the day?
When you have finished putting the comic strip in the correct order, send it to your teacher via class dojo portfolio. Can you write how you worked out the correct order to put the pictures in?
Parents - below in the document is the correct answer for you to reference if your child needs help.
Can you remember what a comic strip is? If you can't have a quick look over yesterday's work.
This week, we are going to be writing our own comic strip. Today we are going to be focusing on characters and setting for the story.
Your first activity today is to design your own superhero and another character in your story. You could use your superhero from last week or design a new one. Your second character will need to be either a villain who your superhero will defeat or another character that they will need to save.
When you have drawn your superhero, can you label them - what is their name, appearance, superpower, personality, whether they are a hero or villain. Please see word mat from last week below to help with some ideas.
After you've done your superhero, do the same (including the labels) of your second character.
Your second activity today is to draw a background setting of where your comic strip story is going to be set. This could be at a school, in a park, at the seaside; anywhere you want. What do you need to draw to make it clear where your story is set?
Remember to send your pictures in to your class teacher via dojo.
Think back to the story on Monday. Can you identify the beginning, middle (problem) and ending (solution) of the story?
Today you are going to decide your own basic storyline, using the two characters your created yesterday. There are some examples below of what you need to write:
Ice man was training in his giant igloo.
Lightening girl was on a mission in space.
Exclamation man was reading a book.
Suddenly Flameman flew down from the sky and used his fire eyes to try and melt Iceman’s igloo.
Lightening girl found the golden diamond by the villan, Troll Man, was trying to steal it.
Exclamation man heard a cry of help coming from a dog stuck in a tree at the park.
They battled until Iceman had trapped Flame Man in his ice cage. Iceman had captured Flame Man for good.
Lightening girl threw a bolt of lightning at the trolls swag bag and drew the diamond into her hands. She returned it to the bank.
Exclamation man ran to park and jumped up into the tree. He caught the dog and carefully flew down and returned the dog to his owner.
Now you've read through some of the examples, think about your character and where your story is set. What do you want to happen in the story? Where is your story going to start? What is the problem going to be? How is it going to be resolved?
Use the planning sheet below to write our sentences. Send your work into your teacher via dojo.
So far this week we have planned and designed our characters, the setting and the plot (beginning, middle and ending) of the story. Can you think of another, key feature, of comic books that we have not yet included in our planning?
Well done if you said speech and thought bubbles. Speech bubbles are used to show when someone is saying something and what they are saying and thought bubbles are used to show what a character is thinking or feeling at a particular point in the story. Speech bubbles are normally just round with a v-shape pointing towards the character and the thought bubbles are more of a cloud shape.
Today, you are going to come up with 2 speech bubbles and 1 thought bubble. You will need to choose something appropriate for your character to say and think. It doesn't have to be the same character each time but if this helps you, then you can do that each time. Have a look back at the comic strip stories from Monday to see what kinds of sentences are used in speech and thought bubbles.
Using the planning worksheet below, fill out the speech and thought bubbles with sentences that your characters are going to say and think. You will use these in your comic strip tomorrow so make sure it makes sense and is linked to your plot, characters and setting.
Today you are going to use all the information from your work this week to make your comic strip. All you should need to do is take the characters, information (plot), speech and thought bubbles and put it together in one comic strip.
Look at the document below (it is set on A3 paper for those of you printing at home). The box on the left is where you draw your character at the beginning of the story with the setting background, copy the speech bubble that you wrote yesterday onto your comic strip and then there is a space for you to write a short narrative explaining anything else to the reader. Repeat this process for the middle box (middle/problem of the story) and the box on the right (ending/solution to the story).
Don't forget to add colour to your drawings and send your work over to your class teacher.