Engaging students in comprehension activities can be grueling for both the students and teacher alike. These comic activities are a fun way to engage the student in critical thinking without using a question/answer format. Like normal, model appropriate comprehension strategies with the student as he or she reads, and use the comic templates below to review the important information within the story! Like they say, a picture is worth a thousand words!
Often times authors will create a quick character sketch to help them organize their thoughts of what the characters look like. In this Character sketch activity, students collect information about what the characters look like, and record it on the first side of the sheet. On the other side, students can draw their own character sketch, based on the information they found. By breaking classrooms up into groups, your classroom can tackle many characters at once! Post the illustrations as you read through the novel together!
The PDF for this activity is found here: Character Sketch
Below I’ve attached a quick example of a character sketch I had done while reading the amazingly beautiful book written by RJ Palacio called Wonder. In the book, the main character, August Pullman is self-conscious about the way he looks. He refuses to describe himself, but the author provides many clues that allows the reader to imagine what the character looks like. August has a genetic disorder as well as a cleft palate. He keeps his hair in front of his face, and he is concerned that people will notice that one eye sits lower than the other. If you have not read the book, please do. It’s an incredible book to share with your students.