My first graders made their very own comic books for the Friday class project last week. I borrowed the activity from my dad, Jeff Weigel, who is a talented illustrator and Children’s book author, among other things. When he makes appearances at libraries and schools, he has a small arsenal of comic book storytelling activities to use to engage kids. This was one:
He’s done four pages of comic book panels with various actions happening. None of the panels have dialogue or writing on them, so the students get to pick their panels, arrange them in the order they like, and make up their own story. The panels are done in black and white, so the kids can color them as well. I also added a few entirely blank panels to the mix if the kids wanted to draw their own characters or add a scene they didn’t see. At the end, they arrange their panels on a blank page, glue them down, and staple it together into their very own comic book.
The class seemed to thoroughly enjoy the activity, and we spent fifteen minutes at the end letting students share their stories with the class.