Day 1: Mini Lesson - Students Learn About the History of Newspaper Comics in America
As a whole class, recap the highlights of Eli's adventures. You can talk about characters, plot and action. (If needed, refer to the Language Arts lesson for details). As you talk about the theme of good vs. evil, ask the class how Eli responded to situations where injustice occurred. You can chart their responses on the projector with the laptop connected or on large chart paper in front of the classroom. As a general overview, explain that for the coming week, they will be learning more about the history of comic design and artistic elements/techniques used when developing a comic strip. Talk about the difference between a sequential comic strip and a graphic novel and that they will specifically be focusing on the newspaper comic strip genre.
As researchers I would like you to find out information on the history of newspaper comic strips. We will be using the think-pair-share strategy to complete this task where each group will be reading about the history of newspaper comics in America and making a timeline with the important dates and comic information provided. Create five Keynote slides with information from the timeline and one on your assigned comic strip. Use both text and graphics in your slideshow. [If you do not have enough computers for the class to create the slideshow, they can present the material orally to the class.]
ARTICLE - American Comic Articles
Great Online Timeline Tool-Use this free timeline creation tool.