For an engaging activity that also integrates technology, use MakeBeliefsComix in a point of view lesson. The video below explains how this online comic strip maker can be utilized when teaching point of view.
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MakeBeliefsComix is a website that makes it very easy to create comic strips.
It offers a variety of characters, backgrounds, objects, and speech bubbles that students can use to create their own comics. With a click of a mouse, students can choose characters and rearrange objects. It is very intuitive, so even 3rd grade students will have no problem with this website.
Students will not be able to save the comics that they have created, but they can print the comic or email it to you if you are wanting to take a grade.
Point of View Lesson Ideas
This website can be used in a variety of ways when teaching point of view.
1. Have students “debate” a topic by creating a comic strip. Some students can create a comic strip supporting one side of an argument, while other students can support the opposing point of view. (See this blog post on point of view writing integration for some debate topic ideas.) Or, students could discuss both points of view in one comic strip, with each box presenting a different viewpoint.
2. Have students create a comic strip that explains different characters’ point of view. After reading a fiction story, students can create a comic strip about the viewpoints presented in the story.
For example, after reading the book Amazing Grace, students could create a comic strip that shows the point of view of Grace, her grandmother, and the students in her class.
3. Have students create a comic strip that explains the author’s point of view (or challenges the author’s point of view). If you have read a nonfiction book about Abraham Lincoln, where the author believes that Abraham Lincoln was one of America’s greatest Presidents, students could create a comic strip showing the author’s point of view. (There’s even an option to include Abraham Lincoln in your comic strip!) Or, have students challenge the author’s point of view in a different comic strip.
4. Have students create two different comic strips – one from first person point of view and one from third person point of view. This is a fun way to practice this skill.
This website could also be used to practice a variety of other skills. In the comments, tell me how you would like to use it your classroom!
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