Minds On

What is a comic strip?

Close your eyes and think of a story, any story. Perhaps it is a story that has happened in your own life. Now imagine the characters, see the setting, the conversation between the characters. While you are imagining all of this, you are actually on your way to writing a great comic strip.

Characteristics of a comic strip

A comic strip is a form of writing that uses drawings, dialogue bubbles and captions to tell a story or communicate a message to the reader. Examine the following comic strips and observe if you can notice all the fun and unique characteristics of a comic strip. If you would like, you can listen to the comic strips as stories.

What is a comic strip?

Characteristics of a comic strip

Action

Brainstorming and planning for your comic strip

Now that we know the main characteristics of a comic strip, let’s brainstorm some possible ideas for a comic strip you would love to write.

Brainstorming

While you are brainstorming, you might choose to write, draw, or describe a comic strip about something that has actually happened in your life or you may decide to choose to do something completely fictional with characters that you made up in your mind. Characters do not necessarily have to be human. They can be animals or even objects. It is up to you!

Brainstorm

Get creative!

Use the Brainstorming Web in your notebook or use the following fillable and printable document to help you get started.

Brainstorming webPress the ‘Activity’ button to access the Brainstorming Web. Activity (Open PDF in a new window)

Planning

Go on a search for other comics and pay attention to the images in these comics. What do you notice about these images?

Use the Comic Strip Planning Sheet in your notebook or use the following fillable and printable document to help you get started.

Comic strip planning sheetPress the ‘Activity’ button to access the Comic Strip Planning Sheet. Activity (Open PDF in a new window)

Consolidation

Drafting, revising, and publishing your comic strip

Once you have made a plan, you are ready to begin drafting your comic strip.

Drafting

As you go along, you may come up with other ideas to make your comic strip even better. The drafting stage is a great time to add in all those extra details!

Student Tips

Tip

Number your squares to keep track of the order or cut individual planning squares and arrange them in the order that you would like.

Use the Comic Strip Planning Squares in your notebook or use the following fillable and printable document to help you get started.

Comic strip planning squaresPress the ‘Activity’ button to access the Comic Strip Planning Squares. Activity (Open PDF in a new window)

Revising

Writers read their writing repeatedly to examine if they can make their writing even more interesting for their audience. If you are all done with your draft, it is time to find places to make your comic strip even better. Perhaps there is a place you can add a sound effect or a visual to let the reader know something is happening that is not spoken. A light bulb is often used to show the reader that a character is thinking or has come up with an idea.

Student Success

Think-Pair-Share

Once you have completed your self-edit, if possible, find a partner to edit your comic strip with you.

Use the Self and Peer-Editing Checklists in your notebook or use the following fillable and printable document to help your revision process.

A checklist for self-editing and peer-editingPress the ‘Activity’ button to access the Self and Peer-Editing Checklists. Activity(Open PDF in a new window)

Note to teachers: See your teacher guide for collaboration tools, ideas and suggestions.

Publishing

Once you are all done editing your draft, you are ready to do a good copy that includes all your revisions. Are there digital options to publish your comic?

Have fun sharing your comic strip! Don’t be surprised if your audience eagerly awaits for you to write the next ones!

Reflection

How do you feel about what you have learned in this activity?  Which of the next four sentences best matches how you are feeling about your learning? Press the button that is beside this sentence.

I feel...

Now, record your ideas about your feelings using a voice recorder, speech-to-text, or writing tool.