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Creating Comic Strips to strengthen writing mechanics - Lesson 2

Subject: Language Arts

Grade: 5


CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3.a - Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3.b - Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing, to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3.c - Use a variety of transitional words, phrases, and clauses to manage the sequence of events.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3.d - Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely


Activating Strategy: With partner students examine comic strip and list writing elements that are used.  As a whole group read and discuss the writing elements used with in the comic strip

Teaching Strategy: Hand out students comic strip with requirements

Review the steps to writing a comic strip (1) Examine the pictures, 2) Think of some situations that could be taking place, 3) Name your characters). Discuss the requirements for the comic; give examples and reminders of what each of the requirements. Give students a highlighter so they can highlight each of the requirements within their comic

Summarizing Strategy: Mix and Freeze-students walk around room with comic when you or music stops, students turn and read comic with student closest to them.  Do as many rounds as you see fit

Written by Blair Dielman, Education World® Contributing Writer

Blair is an educator with extensive experience in creating and implementing engaging lessons for all subject areas.  These lesson included handouts, technology, and other forms of interactive learning.

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