Kids as Life Coaches - Fables for the Classroom

Create Comic Strip Fables Book
(Get Your Students to Pick the Life Lessons for their Classmates)



A well known book publisher wishes to create a comic strip book of fables that will provide people with 'life lessons'. They wish to get a 'kid's perspective' on what should go in this book and that is where you come in.

Part One - You must research fables and find the best one that you think could be a good life lesson for someone in our class.

Part Two - Create a 5 panel comic strip of the story. The comic strip must: use only capital letters for the writing, show evidence that you have tried to 'move outside' the way you normally draw, use a variety of framing in the panels eg close up, really close up, torso shots etc. Each frame is to be 6cm by 6cm.

Extension - create the comic strip in black felt tip pen. Scan it, colour it in your favourite graphics editor and load it to your blog.

Possible Discussion Topics - These stories as indoctrination. These stories as completely out of touch with modern reality. These stories as wisdom passed through the generations.

Tips and Tricks -

- Show some comic strips and examine their layout. Pay particular attention to the variety of compositions of each frame ie close up, long shot, 3/4 shot, tight cropping etc. You are actually teaching the conventions of this text.

- Encourage the children to emulate the style of a comic strip and not just have a series on panels all looking the same with a bit of writing in them. Examine the features of the text.

- Grab some cartooning books and experiment yourself with different head shapes, eyes, noses, body shapes etc.

- Demonstrate this experimentation to your class and encourage the children to do the same.

- Discuss the use of vocabulary for audience. Enough 'new words' to get some learning happening but not too many that the meaning is lost. Make it 'child friendly' but don't 'dumb it down'.

Link - Just some of Aesop's Fables

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