Teaching Tip – Making Comics Online

Here’s a comic strip that I created in less than five minutes, using a website I had never tried out before.
 

Comics are perfect for the classroom. They allow students to explore all sorts of new environments and feel confident with what they have written and created.

There are quite a few free websites that allow you to make comic strips quickly and easily. Here are two that I have tried and think your students will enjoy.

Boy’s Life – This comic creator gets kids writing and creating short comic stories right away. I created the above comic in two minutes using this free online program.

Arthur – Arthur is a great character that many children enjoy. I particularly love the television series. It is humorous and intelligent. This comic creator will appeal to anyone who has seen the show or read any of the books.

Why make comics in school? 

  • It gets students writing – The students might not even realize they are actually writing.
  • It gets them creating media – They can save the images or print them out.
  • It encourages creativity – Students love clicking on the buttons and using the elements available to create a story. It forces them to be creative.
  • It’s fun – Most students will enjoy creating comics online. 

But . . .

Some students might feel constrained by these programs that only allow them to use certain characters, settings or props.

Some students might want to draw their own comics from scratch. 

Creating comics is a great activity no matter how it is done.

So go out there and get creative!

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