Curriculum Connections

Explore curriculum & build meaning with these creative COMICS PROJECTS …

JUMP TO: Civics | History | Literature & Language | Math | Science

Multiple Intelligences & Comics Education

My mission statement, drawn for an anthology by New England Comics Arts in the Classroom.

CIVICS

NH State COMICstitution

Adapting the state constitution’s text into stick-figure visuals…

  • What are rights?
  • How do we enact them (in actions & symbols)?
  • How do various rights & interests fit together in society?

“Civic Ignorance”: David Souter on Civics Education

Adapting a 2012 talk given by the former Supreme Court Justice.

HISTORY

The Freeman Colby Series

Graphic novels drawn directly from primary sources — the journals, letters, & even artwork of eyewitnesses to history!

VIDEOS: “How to Draw Freeman Colby”

Up-close demos of stick-figure cartooning techniques, coloring, page layout, & more…

Turner Family Stories: From Enslavement in Virginia to Freedom in Vermont

Stories from the life and family lore of master storyteller Daisy Turner!

Published Summer 2021 by Vermont Folklife Center.

Sample pages & notes @ Patreon >>

WORKING WITH PRIMARY SOURCES:

ARTICLE: Freeman Colby: From Primary Sources to Comics

Featuring multiple Civil War source texts & images from my research…

Hospital Cat 1: Finding F.A.S.T. in Primary Source Texts

Simple visual tools & markups to help your historical comics come to life on the page!


ACTIVITY: Comics Timeline

Classroom project outline for creating a visual timeline of a historical era.


UNIT: Civil War Comics Camp

Overview of an integrated middle school program, researching + transcribing + drawing from the prison diary of a Union veteran.

LITERATURE & LANGUAGE

POETRY COMICS: Drawing out verses & lines in panels & pages…

Woody Guthrie’s “Tom Joad”

= Drawing out Guthrie’s musical adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel!

“El viaje más caro / The Most Costly Journey”

Life stories told by undocumented migrant farmworkers & drawn by cartoonists…

MATH

Mathematicomics = My random sporadic math cartoon feature, addressing various topics in math & art & logic…

Watch Your Step

Three-point perspective staircase distortion, drawn at Currier Art Museum …

Escher Exhibit

Journal comic inspired by a recent visit to the Currier Museum’s mind-bending exposition…

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“One Monster Invites Another…”


SCIENCE

= Based on text by Michael Caduto!

Drawing sequence & detail from a source text.


The Weeks Act Story (Comic)

The origin story of the National Forests! Includes source links to the image gallery I used in my research…

John Weeks, 1911 (Music Video)

It turns out there’s poetry hidden in the congressional record! Lyrics by John Weeks, music by Big Paws.

More SCIENCE+COMICS Projects:

LoonToons

Learn about the amazing lives of loons — by cartooning them!

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