Use Comics to Teach Reported Speech

Previously, I described our effective lesson we enjoyed using our own Solar System comic strips to learn to write direct speech.

In this lesson, I wanted to teach reported speech.  My daughter chose her most dramatic comic strip story and she pretended that she was a news reporter, changing her speech dialogue into reported speech.

Solar System Mercury

Once again, we looked for examples of reported speech in our read aloud literature books.  Charlotte Mason’s principle to teach grammar and language arts through living books and good literature is amazingly effective!

We then used the Usborne Book of English Grammar for a clear lesson demonstrating the basic rules of writing reported speech.  These are the rules we summarized ~

  • Report what someone said using your own words.
  • No need for inverted commas.
  • Change the verb to the past tense.

Next, we worked through one or two comic blocks, converting the speech bubbles into reported speech.  Check those verb tenses!

My daughter then worked on her own and wrote her comic strip as a wonderful news report.  Here’s an extract ~

Mercury Expedition Reported Speech

She typed her report on MS Word as a simple report.  I used her enthusiasm in the lesson to teach her how to change her report and create a newspaper article, complete with huge headline, large byline, her name and the report.  She learnt how to create columns and add a clip art illustration.  Saved, and printed, she had a fabulous report which she proudly read and showed to dad!

I love finding simple and effective lessons, and this was a winner!

Note – this is a good LA lesson for advanced middle schoolers or junior high children.

Blessings,

 

Solar System Comics ~ Pluto

We are continuing with our Apologia Exploring Creation with Astronomy this year.  Although I had planned to cover the entire book last year,  I am quite happy to stretch out our Astronomy studies for a few more months.  It has been such a fabulous journey and I have lots planned for our constellation chapter.

Here are our comic pages on Pluto.  As the chapter discussed Pluto’s status as no longer being a planet in a debate format, our comics were fairly easy to set out~

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And if you missed our earlier Solar System Comics, here they are ~

Here is a free blank comic strip page download ~ Solar System Comic notebooking pages.

Hope you and your children enjoy our comics as much as our own family members did!

Blessings,

 

Solar System Comics ~ Uranus & Neptune

We’ve enjoyed creating comics for the planets we have studied in our Apologia Astronomy studies.

It takes a fair bit of thinking and planning, and quite a lot of quiet time to draw and write the dialogue for the comic strip.  We both found that it helps if you have an amusing character or story line to get into the creative flow.  I tend to try fit in too many facts and find that I get bogged down, while Miss.L12 has a blast adding sound effects and drawing humorous situations!  In fact, one can get away with totally absurd ideas!

This past week we studied Uranus and Neptune. Both planets’ comic strips are on one page.  (Miss.L12 will hopefully complete her comic soon and I will add it here.)

Solar System Uranus & Neptune 001

And if you missed our earlier Solar System Comics, here they are ~

Here is a free blank comic strip page download ~ Solar System Comic notebooking pages.

Blessings

 

Solar System Comics ~ Jupiter & Saturn

During our Apologia Astronomy studies this year we have been amazed at the incredible “real outer worldly” astronomy happenings!

This week the Philae landed on a comet called 67P!  We have followed its progress the past few months and I was surprised how excited we both became when it actually landed 2 days ago!  What an outstanding epic journey so far!

Mission facts from BBC News

Philae lander

  • Travelled 6.4 billion km (four billion miles) to reach the comet
  • Journey took 10 years
  • Planning for the journey began 25 years ago

Comet 67P

  • More than four billion years old
  • Mass of 10 billion tonnes
  • Hurtling through space at 18km/s (40,000 mph)
  • Shaped like a rubber duck

We continued our own Solar System studies and here are our Jupiter & Saturn comic strips ~

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Solar System Saturn 001 Solar System Saturn 002

And if you missed our earlier Solar System Comics, here they are ~

Here is a free blank comic strip page download ~ Solar System Comic notebooking pages.

These comic strips are actually such fun that one doesn’t realize that they are chock full of interesting facts and information!  Print them out for your kids to color in and read and enjoy!

Blessings,

 

Solar System Comics ~ Earth & Mars

The past weeks we studied earth and Mars.  In a wonderful “convergence” our Mars studies coincided with India’s Mangalyaan (also known as MOM Mars Orbiter Mission) and America’s Maven’s arrival in Mars orbit.  We have been following these space missions on BBC News.  Just today India and USA have signed an agreement on future co-operations at Mars. This kind of current affairs has made our Astronomy studies come alive!

As in our previous planet studies, Mercury & Venus, we each created a comic strip.  Here are our Earth and Mars comic strips~

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Here is a free blank comic strip page download ~ Solar System Comic notebooking pages

Blessings,

 

Solar System Comics ~ Venus

In my last post ! shared our Mercury comics and this week, after we read about Venus in our Exploring Creation with Astronomy book, we made comic strips on some of the facts on Venus.

(Actually, this comic strip lesson was our first attempt and we went back to make our Mercury comics.  Somehow, there seems to be more detail and artistry in our Mercury comics?  I am planning and hoping that we will create a comic strip for each planet and chapter in our Astronomy studies.)

Creating comic strips is a wonderful visual method of narration.  A picture can tell a thousand words!  Comics capture loads of information!

Here are our comics on Venus ~

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(Miss.L12 allowed me to write over her pencil dialogue and pictures in black pen so that they would scan better)

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Here is a free blank comic strip page download ~ Solar System Comic notebooking pages

Read here for comic book tips.

Blessings,

Solar System Comics ~ Mercury

Our Exploring Creation with Astronomy book suggested that we make a comic strip following reading our chapter.  What a novel notebooking idea!

My youngest daughter is very visual, so she immediately conceptualized images for her comic strip and drew incredibly detailed illustrations.

I love comics because you can pack a lot of information in a small space, and comics compel children to read!  (Moms and Dads, let your children read comics!)

Then my 14-year-old read our comics and decided to join in the fun.  She had us in stitches with her humorous comic strip!

The girls and I shared our comics with Dad and older brother .  They thoroughly enjoyed them, and more exciting, they could tell us quite a lot of information based on what they had just read!

Here are our comics on Mercury~

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(P.S. I simply wrote over her pencil writing … just so it was clearer)

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(I absolutely love Miss.K14’s sense of humor and her artistic details!)

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Here is a free blank comic strip page download ~ Solar System Comic notebooking pages

Encourage your children to draw comics for their narrations.

Here are some tips:

  1. Plan out 8 facts/ ideas on rough paper first. Just think … eight blocks = eight facts?
  2. Look at some real comics with your children before your start to show how a reader reads the dialogue from left to right, from top to bottom if there is more than one “call out” or speech bubble in a block.
  3. First write out the dialogue small & neatly, then draw the speech bubble around the words.  This prevents you running out of space in your bubble.
  4. Use different shaped “call out” bubbles – bubbled for thoughts, pointed to a mouth as speech, zig-zag to show radio comments or computer voice.
  5. Add a top or bottom information phrase block if needed, like: Later on … or Back inside …
  6. Use the space left after the speech to draw simple ideas.
  7. Use onomatopoeic (sound effect) words and draw them with style to show something popping, crashing, exploding, squeaking etc.
  8. Be creative!  Have FUN!

Blessings,