Using Comics and Graphic Novels
in the Classroom

International School of Beaverton
Xiaofeng Wang
The year of horse

From my Chinese dough art work
My best wishes

cornucopia

There are two gifts in the treasure bowl.
May you

Get a lot of money on the ho
Get a lot of money immediat
May you and your students
can
Immediately

draw cartoons
I. Start to read and enjoy COMICS
Tsai Chih Chung (Chinese:
; pinyin: Cài
Zhìzhōng; born 1948) is a famous cartoonist born in
Huatan, Changhua County, Taiwa...
Actor’s lines
Photographic is a misnomer. I have an
eidetic memory as I’ve told you many times,
most recently last year at...
Some researchers divide learners into three basic types:
visual learners, auditory learners, and kinesthetic learners,
the...
And visual learning often plays a higher percentage.
Are digital comics far away from us?

Edited by Moman Camera, an App software by QQ – Kind of Chinese face book or MSN
II. Examples and selected Online cartoon makers

ACM-Activity Planing Method
free and paid stand-alone software
and online cartoon makers

professional image and animation
generate and edit software.
What kind of comic online makers or software
do teachers and students need?
People will say

Even if I only know how to type on computer, I can
draw wonderful comics and graphic novels;
sometimes I ...
Are there such free and easy- to- learn comic generators?
Definitely yes!
And there are a lot!
This PPT document
includes more than
10 online cartoon
makers

There are 26 websites I
selected and analyzed in the
orange...
Comic#1.1

1. My tooth hurts so badly.
I have to ask for a leave
and go to the hospital.
2. I have been waiting for
such a...
【Comic#1.2】 Mr. Wang saw the doctor in US

1. (Making a telephone call)
When can I see the doctor
tomorrow?
2. (Ten minute...
Screenshot
PrintScreen

Fn + PrtSc
Lock+Home
Command + Shift + 3
Command + Shift + 4
Paste pictures & insert textbox
Need to know:
1. Some websites need you to sign up. Luckily, most of the
website sign-up process takes only a few steps.
2...
3. You cannot log in some websites because of school district
policy sometimes. You can ask the IT in your school district...
Our first comic
I Had a Bad Tooth
I Had a Bad Tooth
Teacher: Marion, why weren’t you in school
yesterday?
Marion: I had a bad tooth, Miss.
Teacher: Oh, I’m ...
www.toondoo.com
【Comic#2】My family
http://www.flamingtext.com/imagebot/editor
Comic#3

Mr. Wang traveled in Shanghai
Shanghai, Here I am.
It’s really such a big city!

Haha!
I can’t smile any more.
Walk, walk and walk…
What should I do?
I ...
I want to ask someone
else for directions.

Excuse me, do you know
how to get to International
Hotel?
Yeap! Walk straight
...
It seems that the story is supposed to end here.
故事到这里好像就应该结束了。
Could you imagine what happened next?
想象一下又发生了什么事情?
One week later……
一个星期以后……
Mr. Wang lost his way again……
王老师又迷路了……
He asked the same person at the same place.
What a coincidence!

同一个地点,遇到了同一个人,再次问路
一个星期以后,同样的事情再次发生了。

I try to find someone
to ask again.

Hi, How are you? The
same question again,
Where is the Internatio...
In the city of Shanghai which has 25
million of population, different story
happens each and every day.
在上海这个拥有2500万人口的城市里...
Include what we know and what we don’t know.
Fun, boring, romantic, common……
有我们知道的和不知道的,有趣的,无聊的;浪漫的,平常的……
25 million story, which are exact the same or maybe
totally different is happening in the city which has 25
million of pop...
Please

说出你的故事
Tell your story
http://disney.go.com/create/apps/comiccreator/manga
【Comic#4】哪里Where

Mr. Wang, You
have a nice shirt. I
like it.
哪里哪里
This phrase has
two meanings,
1.Where 2. (When
someone praise you,
you would say)
Thank you / you’re
too kind, you fl...
The collar,
sleeve. I like both
the style and color.

(What a weird teacher!)

(What a adorable kid!)
http://www.storyboardthat.com/storyboard-creator
Comic#5

comprehend by analogy

Teacher: Children, which terms did we learn
yesterday?

Kids:
“chair”,
“table” ,
“scissors...
Teacher: Speak out, which terms did we
learn today?
Kids:
“rabit”,
“knife”,
“insect”

Teacher:
Very good!
Class is over.
G...
Kid: Teacher, I can’t find my steamed bun.

Teacher: Did
your mum cook
steamed bun for
you?

Kid: Steamed bun doesn’t mean...
Few functions, but super easy!
http://writecomics.com
【Comic#6】Happy April Fools’ Day

I have a letter to
send. I will go to
ask my deskmate,
“Where is the post
office?”
Do you know
how to get to
the post
office?

Of course!
Is there
anything I
don’t know?
You walk straight
towards east. You
see a stoplight and
turn north, after
2blocks turn west,
after walking
100meters turn
...
Hahaha! He
believed me.
It’s not right!
I’ve been
cheated again!
I am so
angry!

Happy
April Fools’ Day!
http://bitstrips.com/create/comic/

Famous cartoon maker! Very helpful
【Comic#7】David learned Mandarin

David has not been learning
Mandarin for very long, but he likes
speaking Chinese.
One da...
www.scholastic.com/graphix
Tell the story by yourself
A certain man made an appointment
to see a psychologist. He arrived at the
psychologist's offic...
MakeBeliefsComix.com
25 characters,each character has four emotions。
【Comic#9】Your Mandarin will be better and better.

A dumpling in Mandarin is shuijiao. Sleep in Mandarin is
Shuijiao. They...
三个英国男孩用音乐倾诉中文差的苦恼
“我想要睡觉”“对不起,是水饺!我的中文不好”
http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzMwMjI2NTY4.html
http://www.wittycomics.com/
【Comic#10】Halloween

Teacher: I like Halloween, They are so creative this year!
Teacher: Brandon, What are you dresses up ...
IE,360
www.stripgenerator.com
【Comic#11】Take the attendance

1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
,…

Jon: I will take the attendance now.
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,Jack…
Hook?

Gōu

Pets: What did he say?
What’s Jack? Who’s Jack?
Jon: That’s what I wanted when I was playing cards last night.
http://garfield.com/game/comic-creator
【Comic#12】How do you go to school?
交通方式

vs

交通方式
11

Boy: How do you go to school every day?
Girl: I ride the route 11bus...
交通方式
11

交通方式

Boy: Are you serious?
Girl: It means I walk.
Boy: Interesting, so you walk to school every day.
http://cambridgeenglishonline.com/Cartoon_Maker/
【Comic#13】riddle 秋 autumn
http://www.lego.com/en-us/city/comicbuilder/my-comics
Rage comics
适合中文水平较高的学生
Suitable for the students in high Mandarin level
【Comic#14】riddle-two countries
www.baozoumanhua.com
http://www.bijian.cc/news/index.php
http://www.pixton.com/uk/
3 video makers
http://goanimate.com
http://goanimate.com/
videos/0mLIOu1sK0V
Y?utm_source=linksh
are&utm_medium=lin
kshare&utm_campaig
n=usercontent =part
2
h...
http://www.wevideo.com/education
http://www.nyvs.com/
III. In and out of the classroom
To integrate comics in and out of the classroom

【 For teachers】 Display vividly characters,
phrases, sentences, paragraph...
Give me whereon to stand”,
said Archimedes, “and I will
move the earth

Digital comics will peak the interest of students ...
Students’ work
I made a survey to the students on comics
What the students said:

1. Clear instructions needed!
2. Video maker will maybe be better!
3. Teacher should offer more c...
What I learned:

1. Do not grade it! Do it Just for FUN;
2. Topics are very important!
3. Let the students get more option...
AppStore Recommendation

Wired access
Bluetooth access

WIFI access

On the Blue paper you will find more recommendation.
On the green paper you will find more recommendation
about Apps
Please fill in the blue
FEEDBACK paper and
return to me if you
would like to.

I need your advise!

Thank you very much!
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Comics and graphic novels have been in wide use in foreign language teaching, which has brought more loveliness to classroom and improved learning efficiency.
Based on actual teaching cases and works of both teachers and students, the paper analyzes how to integrate comics and graphic novels into foreign language teaching. In particular, the author presents ways of using comics and graphic designs in teaching vocabulary, sentences, paragraphs and passages, as well as improving students’ language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. In addition, free powerful online comics generator websites and software (for pc/mac/iphone/ipad) are introduced in order to help every teacher and student to easily create their own comics.

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  1. 1. Using Comics and Graphic Novels in the Classroom International School of Beaverton Xiaofeng Wang
  2. 2. The year of horse From my Chinese dough art work
  3. 3. My best wishes cornucopia There are two gifts in the treasure bowl.
  4. 4. May you Get a lot of money on the ho Get a lot of money immediat
  5. 5. May you and your students can Immediately draw cartoons
  6. 6. I. Start to read and enjoy COMICS
  7. 7. Tsai Chih Chung (Chinese: ; pinyin: Cài Zhìzhōng; born 1948) is a famous cartoonist born in Huatan, Changhua County, Taiwan of Taiwanese origins.[1] He is best known for his graphical works on Chinese philosophy and history, most notably the philosophers Laozi, Liezi, and Zhuangzi, which he made accessible and popularised through the use of plain language and visual aid of cartoon graphics
  8. 8. Actor’s lines Photographic is a misnomer. I have an eidetic memory as I’ve told you many times, most recently last year at lunch on the afternoon of May 7th. You had turkey and complained it was dry. Who is he? “图像式”用词不当。应该是高清图像式记忆,我说过好几遍了,最 近一次是去年5月7日中午午餐期间,你吃了火鸡还抱怨太干了。
  9. 9. Some researchers divide learners into three basic types: visual learners, auditory learners, and kinesthetic learners, therefore, the learning strategies will vary from person to person. But actually people process the information in a more complicated way. Sometimes one strategy works better than the other, sometimes the three strategies need combining. Sony walker Google_image Tillamook
  10. 10. And visual learning often plays a higher percentage.
  11. 11. Are digital comics far away from us? Edited by Moman Camera, an App software by QQ – Kind of Chinese face book or MSN
  12. 12. II. Examples and selected Online cartoon makers ACM-Activity Planing Method
  13. 13. free and paid stand-alone software and online cartoon makers professional image and animation generate and edit software.
  14. 14. What kind of comic online makers or software do teachers and students need?
  15. 15. People will say Even if I only know how to type on computer, I can draw wonderful comics and graphic novels; sometimes I even don’t need an instructor to teach me. I don’t need to be a specialist on information technology. I don’t need to good at drawing. I don’t need to pay. I don’t need to take a long time to sign in or I don’t need to register. I don’t need to set up or install, I can use it directly.
  16. 16. Are there such free and easy- to- learn comic generators?
  17. 17. Definitely yes! And there are a lot!
  18. 18. This PPT document includes more than 10 online cartoon makers There are 26 websites I selected and analyzed in the orange paper
  19. 19. Comic#1.1 1. My tooth hurts so badly. I have to ask for a leave and go to the hospital. 2. I have been waiting for such a long time. Please go to have a medical exam. See you a little bit. 3. Please get the medicine in the pharmacy in the hospital. 4. The medicine is a little bit expensive, but it’s ok. Mr. Wang saw the doctor in China
  20. 20. 【Comic#1.2】 Mr. Wang saw the doctor in US 1. (Making a telephone call) When can I see the doctor tomorrow? 2. (Ten minutes later) Mr. Wang? This way, please. 3.-Finally I see my family doctor for the first time. -You need to see the specialist 4. We are going bankrupt. Is that the insurance company? Why do I have to pay so much? Is that the hospital billing office? Could I get some discount, please?
  21. 21. Screenshot
  22. 22. PrintScreen Fn + PrtSc
  23. 23. Lock+Home
  24. 24. Command + Shift + 3 Command + Shift + 4
  25. 25. Paste pictures & insert textbox
  26. 26. Need to know: 1. Some websites need you to sign up. Luckily, most of the website sign-up process takes only a few steps. 2. Some websites are incompatible with Internet explorer; you can use Chrome, Safari or Firefox instead of it.
  27. 27. 3. You cannot log in some websites because of school district policy sometimes. You can ask the IT in your school district for help. 4. On some websites, Screenshot is not allowed. Using your smart phone to take a photo is the easiest way to solve the problem. Need to know:
  28. 28. Our first comic
  29. 29. I Had a Bad Tooth
  30. 30. I Had a Bad Tooth Teacher: Marion, why weren’t you in school yesterday? Marion: I had a bad tooth, Miss. Teacher: Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. Is it better now? Marion: I don’t know, Miss. I left it with the dentist.
  31. 31. www.toondoo.com
  32. 32. 【Comic#2】My family
  33. 33. http://www.flamingtext.com/imagebot/editor
  34. 34. Comic#3 Mr. Wang traveled in Shanghai
  35. 35. Shanghai, Here I am. It’s really such a big city! Haha! I can’t smile any more. Walk, walk and walk… What should I do? I lost my way
  36. 36. I want to ask someone else for directions. Excuse me, do you know how to get to International Hotel? Yeap! Walk straight until…, and … Finally!
  37. 37. It seems that the story is supposed to end here. 故事到这里好像就应该结束了。
  38. 38. Could you imagine what happened next? 想象一下又发生了什么事情?
  39. 39. One week later…… 一个星期以后……
  40. 40. Mr. Wang lost his way again…… 王老师又迷路了……
  41. 41. He asked the same person at the same place. What a coincidence! 同一个地点,遇到了同一个人,再次问路
  42. 42. 一个星期以后,同样的事情再次发生了。 I try to find someone to ask again. Hi, How are you? The same question again, Where is the International Hotel? Oh, my God. Have you been looking for a week? 我还要找人问路 你好,小朋友。 &*`国际饭店%%$#…… 天啊! 叔叔,你找了一个星期吗???
  43. 43. In the city of Shanghai which has 25 million of population, different story happens each and every day. 在上海这个拥有2500万人口的城市里,每天发生着不同的故事。
  44. 44. Include what we know and what we don’t know. Fun, boring, romantic, common…… 有我们知道的和不知道的,有趣的,无聊的;浪漫的,平常的……
  45. 45. 25 million story, which are exact the same or maybe totally different is happening in the city which has 25 million of population…… 2500万人口的城市里正怎样上演着2500万个一样的和不一样的…… The story of yours or mine, or ours 你和我的故事
  46. 46. Please 说出你的故事 Tell your story
  47. 47. http://disney.go.com/create/apps/comiccreator/manga
  48. 48. 【Comic#4】哪里Where Mr. Wang, You have a nice shirt. I like it.
  49. 49. 哪里哪里 This phrase has two meanings, 1.Where 2. (When someone praise you, you would say) Thank you / you’re too kind, you flatter me. Er, um。。。
  50. 50. The collar, sleeve. I like both the style and color. (What a weird teacher!) (What a adorable kid!)
  51. 51. http://www.storyboardthat.com/storyboard-creator
  52. 52. Comic#5 comprehend by analogy Teacher: Children, which terms did we learn yesterday? Kids: “chair”, “table” , “scissors” , “rope”
  53. 53. Teacher: Speak out, which terms did we learn today? Kids: “rabit”, “knife”, “insect” Teacher: Very good! Class is over. Go eat lunch.
  54. 54. Kid: Teacher, I can’t find my steamed bun. Teacher: Did your mum cook steamed bun for you? Kid: Steamed bun doesn’t mean lunch bag?
  55. 55. Few functions, but super easy! http://writecomics.com
  56. 56. 【Comic#6】Happy April Fools’ Day I have a letter to send. I will go to ask my deskmate, “Where is the post office?”
  57. 57. Do you know how to get to the post office? Of course! Is there anything I don’t know?
  58. 58. You walk straight towards east. You see a stoplight and turn north, after 2blocks turn west, after walking 100meters turn south, after 2 minutes you arrive at the post office.
  59. 59. Hahaha! He believed me.
  60. 60. It’s not right! I’ve been cheated again!
  61. 61. I am so angry! Happy April Fools’ Day!
  62. 62. http://bitstrips.com/create/comic/ Famous cartoon maker! Very helpful
  63. 63. 【Comic#7】David learned Mandarin David has not been learning Mandarin for very long, but he likes speaking Chinese. One day, he went to China for business trip. At the supermarket, he wanted to buy one type of fruit, but he doesn’t know how to say it. Smart David came up with an idea, he asked the salesman in English, “What’s this?” The salesman didn’t know any English and couldn’t understand, so he replied in Chinese, “I can’t understand” And then David said, “yes, I want to buy I can’t understand.”
  64. 64. www.scholastic.com/graphix
  65. 65. Tell the story by yourself A certain man made an appointment to see a psychologist. He arrived at the psychologist's office and said to him, "Doctor, I always feel depressed. No matter what I do I still feel depressed. I just don't know what to do." The psychologist looked at him and said, "Come with me to the window." The man followed and then the psychologist pointed outside and said, "Do you see that tent over there in the distance? Well, there is a circus in town and it is really good. There are lots of acts to watch, specially the clown acts. And there is one clown in particular who is extremely funny. He will make you rock with laughter over and over again. Go and see that clown and I guarantee that you will not have reason to be depressed again!" The man turned to the psychologist with sad eyes and said, "Doctor, I am that clown!" =
  66. 66. MakeBeliefsComix.com 25 characters,each character has four emotions。
  67. 67. 【Comic#9】Your Mandarin will be better and better. A dumpling in Mandarin is shuijiao. Sleep in Mandarin is Shuijiao. They have different tones, so the pronunciations are similar but different. Customer: I want a sleep. Waiter: Are you very tired? You want to go to sleep? Customer: I am not tired, I want to eat sleep. Waiter: oh, I see. Waiter: You want dumplings. Customer: Yes, Thank you!
  68. 68. 三个英国男孩用音乐倾诉中文差的苦恼 “我想要睡觉”“对不起,是水饺!我的中文不好” http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzMwMjI2NTY4.html
  69. 69. http://www.wittycomics.com/
  70. 70. 【Comic#10】Halloween Teacher: I like Halloween, They are so creative this year! Teacher: Brandon, What are you dresses up as today? Brandon: Mr. Wang, I am just dressed up as Brandon, I am myself. Teacher: This year’s best Halloween costume is … Brandon! Here is your reward. Brandon: Yeah! Great!
  71. 71. IE,360 www.stripgenerator.com
  72. 72. 【Comic#11】Take the attendance 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 ,… Jon: I will take the attendance now. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,Jack…
  73. 73. Hook? Gōu Pets: What did he say? What’s Jack? Who’s Jack?
  74. 74. Jon: That’s what I wanted when I was playing cards last night.
  75. 75. http://garfield.com/game/comic-creator
  76. 76. 【Comic#12】How do you go to school? 交通方式 vs 交通方式 11 Boy: How do you go to school every day? Girl: I ride the route 11bus, but you know what, I never buy a ticket. Guess why?
  77. 77. 交通方式 11 交通方式 Boy: Are you serious? Girl: It means I walk. Boy: Interesting, so you walk to school every day.
  78. 78. http://cambridgeenglishonline.com/Cartoon_Maker/
  79. 79. 【Comic#13】riddle 秋 autumn
  80. 80. http://www.lego.com/en-us/city/comicbuilder/my-comics
  81. 81. Rage comics
  82. 82. 适合中文水平较高的学生 Suitable for the students in high Mandarin level
  83. 83. 【Comic#14】riddle-two countries
  84. 84. www.baozoumanhua.com
  85. 85. http://www.bijian.cc/news/index.php
  86. 86. http://www.pixton.com/uk/
  87. 87. 3 video makers
  88. 88. http://goanimate.com
  89. 89. http://goanimate.com/ videos/0mLIOu1sK0V Y?utm_source=linksh are&utm_medium=lin kshare&utm_campaig n=usercontent =part 2 http://goanimate.com/ videos/0qXfS_eC2Tt o?utm_source=linksh are&utm_medium=lin kshare&utm_campaig n=usercontent =part 3 http://goanimate.com/ videos/0vl9qE1LB2O w?utm_source=linksh are&utm_medium=lin kshare&utm_campaig n=usercontent = part 4 http://goanimate.com/ videos/0kwNHK70rH YA?utm_source=links hare&utm_medium=li nkshare&utm_campai gn=usercontent = part 5 http://goanimate.com
  90. 90. http://www.wevideo.com/education
  91. 91. http://www.nyvs.com/
  92. 92. III. In and out of the classroom
  93. 93. To integrate comics in and out of the classroom 【 For teachers】 Display vividly characters, phrases, sentences, paragraphs, and articles; Introduce customs, festivals and culture. 【 For Students 】 The teacher assigns the topic, students finish the projects or take part in a competition.
 【 For either or both 】 decorate the classroom, publish announcement, Chinese papers and magazines, forums, blogs and other websites. It might be widely used in different kinds of media.
  94. 94. Give me whereon to stand”, said Archimedes, “and I will move the earth Digital comics will peak the interest of students and improve the quality and efficiency of teaching. It will be our awesome tool.
  95. 95. Students’ work
  96. 96. I made a survey to the students on comics
  97. 97. What the students said: 1. Clear instructions needed! 2. Video maker will maybe be better! 3. Teacher should offer more cartoon stories, or when we are learning some Chinese idioms, expressions or some difficult sentence structures. 4. Some students like it, some students don’t. Few of them think it difficult.
  98. 98. What I learned: 1. Do not grade it! Do it Just for FUN; 2. Topics are very important! 3. Let the students get more options when they are doing a project; 4. Some students like it very much. Teachers can have them to work on it, eg, Classroom decoration, competition, poster for party or club, etc. 5. Mandarin newspapers or magazines will work with that.
  99. 99. AppStore Recommendation Wired access Bluetooth access WIFI access On the Blue paper you will find more recommendation.
  100. 100. On the green paper you will find more recommendation about Apps
  101. 101. Please fill in the blue FEEDBACK paper and return to me if you would like to. I need your advise! Thank you very much!

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