Thursday, February 4, 2010

Make a Superhero: Great Literacy Tool

Graphic novels and comic books are great ways to "hook" readers and support struggling readers using pictures. For more information on the uses of graphic novels to enhance reading comprehension, click here. Well, I have stumbled upon a great tool to integrate into reading and writing instruction concerning comic books and graphic novels. It is called The Hero Factory, and it is well designed and visually appealing. Use it with students to:
  • Create an illustration for a student-written comic book
  • Create an advance organizer for a genre study on comic books or graphic novels (great for ELL students)
  • Use the interactive to teach about the components of plot (rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution)
Feel free to share your ideas below as well!

1 comment:

  1. My 1st-3rd grade GT students have created earth protecting super heroes. This has been a two year looping process and the students absolutely love creating comics about their super hero! A lot of motivation for writing and reading using this avenue.

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