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Comics for Classrooms: Inclusive Resources

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For English Language Learners

Lowriders in Space

This book, which incorporates Spanish phrases and slang, follows Lupe Impala, El Chavo Flapjack, and Elirio Malaria, three mechanics who love all things cars. The stars align when a contest for the best car around offers a prize of a trunkful of cash—just what the team needs to open their own shop! ¡Ay chihuahua! What will it take to transform a junker into the best car in the universe?

ages 9-12

I Am Learning Ingl├ęs: A Dual-Language Comic

In a dual-language classroom, sometimes you're the student and sometimes you're the teacher. It can sometimes be challenging fitting in, but it can also be fun learning in a bilingual environment with other students who are just like you! Here's what it's like for 6-year-old Merari.

Check out the full comic here!

ages 5-8

Lesson Plan: Garfield

Resource: Garfield comic strips

Grade: 4+

Areas: Speech, Writing

Summary: Having fun and learning is one of the best ways to motivate students and influence them to love their new language. Since both children and adults alike appreciate the humor and entertainment that is comic strips, this lesson plan works well enough for students of most ages and with a wide range of levels. The only thing that holds back this lesson is the creativity of the teacher and students. Just be sure to plan according to their backgrounds. Not all comics and language fit the needs of all students.

Lesson:

  •  Show a picture of your favorite comic strip and tell them about it. Then ask the questions, “What is your favorite comic strip? Why?” If students are hesitant to answer, try a different approach, like asking, “What is your favorite comic book character? Why?”
  • Show different comic strips to the class with at least one new language point from each comic. (You can use comic books or newspapers or just use your favorite search engine to find a strip you enjoy). Go over the definition of each new language point. Be sure to give examples and explain why the characters used the words the way they did. Then let students give examples.
  • Put the students into groups of two and give each group a paper with a comic strip but without any words on it. You can see an example at the top of the page. Students must work together to use at least 3 of the idioms/discussion markers/vocabulary in creating a script for the comic. Afterwards, the groups present their comics to the class. Be sure to create your own example and show it to the students before they begin!

Helpful Resources and Links

Comics Empower- The Comic Book Store for the Blind

Comics Empower sells and makes in-house audio adaptations of comic books for the blind and visually impaired.

Lingo Zing!

Lingo zing! is a moblie app for IOS and Android which teaches languages by translating comic books. 

Paths to Literacy

Paths to Literacy is a site which offers lesson plan and solutions for blind and visually impaired learners. They include links to resources for both audio and braille comic books!

ISL Collective

This site has dozens of free downloadalbe ESL comic strip templates.

Teaching English

This site, run by the British Council, has a simple ELL lesson plan which can be applied to almost any comic strip.

Make Beliefs Comix

Make Beliefs Comix is a terrific site! It has great free tools and resources for the ESL classroom. There are tons of characters to choose from. You can color the images yourself! It's so enjoyable, you'll forget you're learning English at the same time!