Curriculum Connections

Explore curriculum & build meaning in your classroom community with creative COMICS PROJECTS …
Here are some models!

ABOUT TEACHING COMICS:

Multiple Intelligences & Comics Education

An overview & investigation of MI theory & practice in comics education…

Comics Project Outlines

Basic approaches for classroom work in any subject…

Recommended Reading Lists

Marek’s lists of comics sources from all around the world (with a focus on the past 40,000 years).

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

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?


DRAW THE LAW: US Criminal Codes

Adapting selected sections of the US criminal codes into black & white comics.

“Rebellion or Insurrection” (18 U.S. Code § 2383):

“Seditious Conspiracy” (18 U.S. Code § 2384):


“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!

Vol. 1+2 Online Archive / Vol. 1 PDF

Vol. 3 In Progress (2021)

VIDEOS: “How to Draw Freeman Colby”

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

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…

“One Monster Invites Another…”

SCIENCE

“1 Day in the Life of the Granite State”

= 650 million years in just 24 hours (& 8 pages)!

Drawing sequence & detail from a source text.

The Weeks Act Story (Comic)

A basic narrative of how the National Forests came to be! 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.

“Chickadee!” (mini-comic)

Observations of wintertime behavior around a backyard birdfeeder.

“Magnet Migrants” (mini-comic)

My 3rd grade comics students got me wondering about how magnetism affects bird migration…

LoonToons

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

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