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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  1. Where can we see the prints that were created of your student work and maybe even order? Would love to have student generated work hanging in my school to encourage my students and to prompt them to create publishable works as well.

    1. Hey, Matt! Thanks for asking! We are still working on them. Artists have been acquired, and they have been working on the prints with the kids. The process is taking longer than I anticipated, but that was on me. It’s all a learning process. I should have them ready to go by the end of April! They will be $10.00 each, so save a few bucks for us! And keep reading. I’ll have a special post when they are done and ready to go!

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