Teacher Review For Comic Life

Comic Life creates passionate story-writers!

Frances N.
Classroom teacher
PS 79 Queens The Francis Lewis School
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Comic Life is fabulous! I use it to teach non-fiction writing in social studies. My students write a story based on historical fact. They research a topic, find facts on historical figures, develop a storyboard based on a timeline of the actual event, find copyright free images and then add sounds through onomatopoeia. The process is time-consuming, but one that my students always want to resume. I embed their graphic novels on the class wikispace using Youblisher so they can turn the pages. See evidence of student learning on my wikiispaces - ps79q.wikispaces.com.
My Take
My students want to write historical graphic novels - non-fiction really. The only problem I've encountered is that you have to plan extra time, not because of the Comic Life program, but because of the complexities of the actual writing process. Students have to have time to develop their characters and plot lines. Once engaged, they find it hard to stop. I end up shooing them out of class! I just love that!