This site provides lesson plans on how to use comics with students. One lesson I found is on summarizing stories. One strategy that is taught in elementary school is called "Somebody wanted but so". Students explain who the somebody in the story is. Then they tell what the somebody wanted. They explain what happened to change the original idea and then they explain what actually happened. Students can use the four-frame comic to show a picture representation of this strategy.
Another feature that I like is the teacher resources section. This has 21 different ides on how to use the site in the classroom. I like the idea of using a comic to practice vocabulary words. A big push with my students this year is vocabulary. Creating a comic to explain what words mean is interesting for students and an easy way for teachers to see if they really understand the words.
If students were working with other students on a tellacollaborative project, creating a comic would be a good way to introduce the students to each other. Each student could create an autobiographical comic to share with the other students they will be working with. They could provide information about their interests and their families. I think this would be a good tool to use to communicate with students that are learning English through a tellacollaborative project. Students that already speak English can provide information through comics to students that are learning the language. The site provides tools for writing in the following languages:
- Spanish: http://spanish.typeit.org
- French: http://french.typeit.org
- German: http://german.typeit.org
- Italian: http://italian.typeit.org
- Latin: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms537495(VS.85).aspx
- Portuguese: http://portuguese.typeit.org
When I first found this site, I didn’t like it and wanted to find another comic site. After exploring more today, I found that I do like this site because of all the additional resources it provides.