Graphic Novel Review Post 206/365: aliebn Project

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Hey, all!  I have some cool things coming your way in February, so make sure that you are checking back every day.  I appreciate you for reading.

Every once in a while, I like to take a break from writing about books and give you a bit about what is going on in my classroom, and this week, something very cool happened, so I’d like to share.

Last semester, I taught everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too, and if you remember, aliebn was one of the first books that I reviewed, and it spawned a pretty cool assignment in my graphic novel class.  I had the students read the novel; they took notes and discussed the parts of the book that moved or spoke to them; they came up with a list of things that were important to them or things that they believed in; they created mini-comic scripts based on their list.

It went well, but the scripts, last semester, were not as good as I wanted them to be.  But this semester, it went differently.  The scripts were awesome!  So good that I had my students vote on their top six from a list of nine that I selected as finalists, but if I’m being honest, I could have had fifteen finalists.  When I reflected on what I did differently this semester compared to last, I found a couple of major differences: I uploaded a good amount of sample comic script examples to my Google Classroom page, I created a checklist of what each comic script page we create this semester should contain, and I went over all of this to the point of exhaustion before we started writing.  And I will take a couple of my best examples from this semester and add them to the packet for next year.

I can’t wait to share our final products with you!  I’m in the process of hiring a few artists to draw our comics, and with any luck, we will sell the prints on-line and at cons and use the money to fund the publication of a class comic book and start it all over next year.  But the speed at which this is getting done this semester would not be possible if I did not reflect upon what I did last semester in an attempt to better my lesson.  Teach.  Reflect.  Alter.  Teach.

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