Monday, April 23, 2012

Comic Strip Critical Thinking

This is an idea I've kicked around for awhile now and finally decided to try with my kiddos. I know there aren't many people who actually read the comics anymore but I decided to use them to spice up our writing a little bit. I like Peanuts because it's kids talking and I like Marmaduke because I think it's fairly easy to make an inference about what the reaction to a probably at least 150-lb. dog would be. I took out the dialogue that was there and replaced it with blank bubbles. The kids were to look at the pictures and fill in the blanks with something that would make sense and hopefully also be a little funny.

I was really impressed by what they came up with:

This one is sooooo GT! He's imagining he's the doctor and the doctor has to be the patient.

"Look a cannonball!"

"There's a bad guy getting away!"

"Wow! Look at that certificate!"

"What it says. I can't read it!"


  1. If you have any iPod/ipads, you should let them construct their own comic strip! They have some really great cheap apps out there like Strip Designer.
    Teaching Happily Ever After

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  3. I love using comics for problem/solution with my kids who are a little older. Garfield and Peanuts are great, but I've even let kids use those little stick figure guys from Word. (Now iPads would make better ones, but still... they were great!)

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad