Teacher Review for Make Beliefs Comix

Great for pre-writing narratives!

Sara J.
Classroom teacher
Fort Bend ISD
Sugar Land, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
One of the major components of our state writing test is that it needs to be reflective while also being focused. MBC is perfect for having students pre-write the beginning, middle, and end of a personal narrative. Then, once they are complete, they add in that fourth panel on which they should incorporate reflection. It gives a great visual for the students, keeps them focused (no bed to bed stories!), and can then be printed out and referenced while drafting. I also like using it for pre-writing in persuasive essays. Have the students take one character and imagine another character that is the audience member that doesn't agree. It helps students visualize the opposing side and constructs a counterargument for that person.
My Take
It can be used in a wide variety of ways, and fits easily into the English classroom as either pre-writing or post-reading. The only issue is a lack of being able to save to work, which is an issue if a student accidently presses the arrow back (thinking it is "undo"), they lose all their work! However, the fact my students don't have to register for the website more than makes up for it! Be aware it does use Flash so it will not work on iPads.