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Comix in the Classroom

In my British Lit classes, much to my high school juniors' dismay, we've been reading Macbeth. To gague their understanding, I've tried several methods of quizzing: short answer, multiple choice, reader-response, double-column notebook...and yes, having them draw comic strips.

Below are a couple great examples. I'd love to do a study of (as Neil Cohn might put it) the "dialects" of visual language present in the comic strips my students submitted. For example, in the first one, the author has adopted a kind of flow-chart notation to show multiple entities producing the same speech, and has also adopted the use of asterisks to differentiate SFX from speech. Several students drew speech bubbles with the tails reaching all the way into the mouths of the speakers, reminding me of 19th century cartoons. Others' speech bubbles were reminiscent of the banderoles used in medieval/renaissance narrative paintings.

The second cartoon is by a student who has evidently discovered my webcomic. I'm still laughing at her visual quotation...and it proves that a box of Waffos in the corner improves any story.

WTF is that ghost doing in my chair?



















Get rid o' dat



















Finally, I like the implicit comment in this second strip: Macbeth's lines, in a way, really are redundant to the action.



Re: Comix in the Classroom

It would have helped to say we are at


Is your student planning to be a scriptwriter or an artist?

Re: Comix in the Classroom

Having just spent a happy few months researching Macbeth for our teaching resources, I am happy to annouce that they (and the accompanying graphic novel) will be published in February.

SmileBut I have to say - I LOVE your students re-working of the story. Yay witchy things does it for me!