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Wordless Comics and Picture Books to Inspire Great Writing

Subjects:

Common Core, Language Arts  

Grades:

3, 4, 5  

Materials:

Projector compatible with your computer

Student Writing Paper

Two Wordless Comics

One Sample of Writig Using the Wordless Comic

 

1. Inform the students that today they will be in charge of creating a story like writers for movies and television. Explain what story boards are and how they illustrate what the story of the movie is going to look like. Their job as big time hollywood writiers is to create the story by describing setting, creating dialogue, internal thoughts and action words that best describe what is happen in each of the panels in the story board.

 

2. Using a prewritten story and the wordless comic used to create the story demonstrate how you wrote your story. Point out examples of where you used dialofue, description of the setting and sentence where action is described.

3. Ask the students to read your story and then in a few minutes you will ask them to raise thier hands to share the examples of dialogue and descriptions that they found.

3. Using your computer and projector, display the wordless comic that the students will be using to write their story. You can have them use this as a rough draft, then have the students come back and edit or add to the next day without the aid of the comic.

4. This lesson is very versitile and can be used with many of the language arts common core standards.

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