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Georgia Standards / Grade 8 / Georgia Studies:
- SS8CG1 Describe the foundations of Georgia’s government.
a. Explain the basic structure of the Georgia state constitution (preamble, bill of rights, articles, and amendments) as well as its relationship to the United States Constitution.
b. Explain separation of powers and checks and balances among Georgia’s three branches of government.
c. Describe the rights and responsibilities of citizens according to the Georgia Constitution.
- SS8CG4 Analyze the role of the judicial branch in Georgia state government
c. Explain the difference between criminal law and civil law.
d. Explain the steps in the adult criminal justice system beginning with arrest.
- SS8CG5 Explain how the Georgia court system treats juvenile offenders.
a. Explain the difference between delinquent and unruly behavior and the consequences of each.
b. Describe the rights of juveniles involved in the juvenile justice system.
c. Explain the steps in the juvenile justice system when a juvenile is first taken into custody.
INTRO TO COMICS
Basic Comics TOOLS
DEMO: P*I.E. Process >>
ACTIVITY: Basic (Extreme!) Cartooning
CHALLENGE: Create iconic images of specific concepts from the Georgia State Constitution (& other civic elements).
TIME: 10-20 minutes (penciling & sharing)
RESULT: Cartooning experience + visual gallery/glossary of important civics concepts
ACTIVITY: Drawing from Primary Sources
Drawing a multi-panel page based on a source text:
CHALLENGE: Draw a 3-panel page featuring 3 key words or concepts from the Georgia state Flag
TIME = 5-10 minutes
RESULT: 1-page personal reaction/reflection to flag symbols
EXTENSION: Draw a 1-page story sharing something interesting or surprising about the history of the state flag.
Concepts: CONSTITUTION, WISDOM, JUSTICE, MODERATION, “In God we trust”
CHALLENGE: Draw a 3-panel page interpreting 1 item (paragraph) from the Georgia state constitution.
TIME = 5-10 minutes (choose article & pencil a page) + 5-10 minutes (peer conference & fix)
RESULT: 1-page personal interpretation of specific Article/Paragraph.
EXTENSION: Combine multiple pages into “graphic novel” adaptation (by groups or class-wide).
RESOURCES: Georgia State Constitution
- law.Justia.com // Georgia State Constitution (by article)
- PDF: CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA (As Amended Through January 1, 2017) (COMPLETE TEXT)
SAMPLE TEXTS (from ARTICLE 1):
- Wikipedia.org // “Constitution of Georgia (U.S. State)”
- GeorgiaEncyclopedia.org // Historical Context for Georgia State Consitutions
Sample projects from primary source TEXTS and VISUALS:
Freeman Colby: From Primary Sources to Comics
Gallery of sources & the comics they inspired!
Freeman Colby Vol. 3 Poster Gallery
Sample poster art & sources from the 1864 adventures of Freeman Colby & Co. …
“New Year’s Day, 1864”
Drawn from a sketch by Edwin Forbes (Jan. 1864).
ACTIVITY: 1-Sheet (8-page) Mini-Comics Interpretation
How to fold a 1-Sheet Mini
Turn a blank paper into an 8-page mini (without glue or staples)!
CHALLENGE: Draw the Georgia State Constitution PREAMBLE as a mini-comic (or 1-page comic).
TIME: 30-45 minutes (P*I.E.)
RESULT: Graphic interpretation of Preamble text & concepts.
EXTENSION: Compare to the Preambles of the Declaration of Independence & the US Constitution
SAMPLE TEMPLATE: See “US CONTITUTION Preamble” >>
Supreme Court Case Template:
Interpret your favorite US Supreme Court case in mini-comics format…
CASE OF INTEREST: Chisholm v. Georgia (1793)
- [PDF] FULL TEXT @ LOC.gov
- SUMMARIES: @ Oyez.org | @ Wikipedia
(As in many other cases, it will work best to select & highlight key quotes, summaries, & concepts for students’ reference.)
CHALLENGE: Draw a passage from a favorite speech or text as an 8-page mini…
ACTIVITY: Unit Planning
Considerations when designing a comics activity for your classroom…:
SOURCES: Primary sources & other info students can use to research & create their projects. (Also, possible subtopics &c. …)
FORMATS: What shape(s) might student projects take? (SEE BELOW)
Also consider possible models (books, artists, &c.).
GOALS: Expectations & points for assessment; What will students learn? What will they demonstrate? How will they know they’re successful?
D.I.Y. formats for self-publishing your work:
Comics Page Layouts
Some template pages to print & draw!
“Set Up a Blank (1-Sheet) Mini-Comic”
8 blank pages, ready to draw on! No stapler required.
Build Your Own 8-Page “Quarterfold” Mini (Video)
When you’ve drawn your story, and you’re ready to self-publish it…