Monday, June 30, 2014
This morning in my “Reading Graphic Novels” class, I asked students to draw a picture of themselves when they were 6 years old and then to develop a 6 panel comic based upon an experience they had during that time in their lives.
Because they have a Final Comic Assignment due in two days, I thought I’d give them a chance to draft something this morning that they might develop further into a 12 panel comic for this week.
Then I asked them to draw a portrait of how they looked at 6. I also asked them to think about what clothes they might be wearing, what games or toys they played with, and the relationships they had with siblings and friends.
Next, I asked them to draw a narrative box in which they wrote, “I am [their name], and I am [some activity].”
After letting them draw and write for about 10 minutes, I then passed out blank 4 X 6 inch note cards and asked them to draw a 6 panel comic based upon their portrait and brief narrative. After 15 minutes, I asked them to share their comics with each other, and then asked if anyone would like to share theirs with the class on the document camera. About 8 students volunteered.
Here’s the one I sketched quickly;
I’m happy with what my students were able to sketch out for comics in the limited time I gave them. Now I see that this is an exercise I could use in any class to prompt personal narrative writing. I will definitely use this exercise in my creative writing class in the second summer session starting next Wednesday. I’m also happy with what I learned about myself at the end of my comic.