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Comic Master is an easy to use Web 2.0 teaching tool for creating original graphic novels and comic books. It will appeal to students in all grade levels and can be used across the curriculum.
Now students who love reading graphic novels and comic books can create their own with Comic Master.They can design their own multi-page story with interesting backgrounds, characters, props, and customized text. Stories can be saved and printed out.
The user interface of this Web 2.0 teaching tool is very friendly and intuitive.
Thought and speech bubbles, props, special effects, and caption boxes are easily added with a simple click-and-drag.
Although options for characters and backgrounds are limited, it is a fun site that quickly lets you put together an original comic book or graphic novel. Both popular genres are a fun way to entice reluctant readers into creative writing.
The final product is sleek, colorful, and prints out great.
You will need to create an account so you can save and reload your comic for editing. An email account is needed.
A limited embedded playlist is included for those who like some music while they work.
Some excellent educational resources for reading activities targeting boys ages 11-14 are also offered. The site is sponsored by Reading for Life which is supported by the National Literacy Trust in London, UK.
21st Century Skills
Comic Master gives students a wonderful opportunity to use their imagination to create original graphic novels as they write their own stories or share information. Organizing information, choosing characters, and planning page layouts will give them plenty of opportunities to "think out of the box." Creativity, effective communication, and critical thinking skills are all utilized with this site's features.
In the Classroom
Students can create original stories or use Comic Master to show what they learned on any topic across the curriculum.
Here's a good example of a class activity targeting cyberbullying:
Anti-cyberbullying comic example
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"Are Graphic Novels Good Enough for Schools?"
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Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
When students use this web site to write original stories or inform others of research findings, many of the strands under the CCSS for ELA - Writing will be addressed.
Revising and editing text, organizing information, writing coherently for an intended audience, and using technology to publish their writing will all be involved when students create their own comic book or graphic novel.
Anchor Standards for Writing.
3.Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.
6.Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
10.Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Add to all of that the visual elements that will help tell the story. Graphic novels are included in the CCSS ELA - Reading:Literature for grade 5.
While creativity is more inferred than implied in the CCSS, combining original writings with the visual elements will offer a good springboard for encouraging creativity with your students.
An email account is needed to create an account so work can be saved and edited. If using student email addresses is an issue at your school, consider using Mailcatch which is discussed on the "Other Helpful Tools" page. Individual names are not given. The email address is used as the username.
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