Intro to the 5 Part Series: Comparing 4 Graphic Novels and 2 Webcomics Zombie Style

October 10, 2007 at 11:10 pm (Comics and Graphic Novels, Intro, lesson plan) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Part 1 of 5: Comparing 4 Graphic Novels and 2 Webcomics Zombie Style

Preview and Objectives:

Part 1 will act as a warm-up for the next 4 in the “Comparing 4 Graphic Novels and 2 Webcomics Zombie Style” series. Learners will explore draw and caption cartoons depicting clichés, and then depicting a non-cliché. After a day to reflect, there will be a discussion on the decision making process used for this exercise.

Class Time Needed:

  • 1-50 Minute Class Session

Part 2 of 5: Comparing 4 Graphic Novels and 2 Webcomics Zombie Style

Preview and Objectives:

Part 2 of the “Comparing 4 Graphic Novels and 2 Webcomics Zombie Style” series begins with a reflective discussion on Part 1’s “Silent Gag Cartoon Exercise”. In groups, the learners will be introduced to the Reading Material for this Series, ultimately completing a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting 2 of the reading materials.

Class Time Needed:

  • 1-50 Minute Class Session
  • Venn Diagram to be completed as Homework

Part 3 of 5: Comparing 4 Graphic Novels and 2 Webcomics Zombie Style

Preview and Objectives:

Students will reflect on the process of comparing and contrasting 2 of the Reading Materials for this series and the process of comparing the Venn Diagram. Students will explore more of the Reading Materials for this Series, and participate in a discussion comparing and contrasting these materials using the same criteria utilized in creating the Venn Diagrams in Part 2 of this series.

Students will then be introduced to the Comic Creator Student Interactive developed by ReadWriteThink.org. Lastly, students will create zombie minicomics.

Class Time Needed:

  • 2 to 3-50 Minute Class Sessions

Part 4 of 5: Comparing 4 Graphic Novels and 2 Webcomics Zombie Style

Preview and Objectives:

Students will reflect on and discuss the process of creating the minicomics in Part 3 or this series. Students will be introduced to additional website resources on the theme of zombies. Students will be introduced to the program, Comic Life, which will be used to create zombie comics consisting of at least 8 panels.

The issue of copyright will be discussed and stressed within the context of using Comic Life to capture pictures from the internet for use in their comics. Specifically, Professor Eric Faden’s Video, “A Fair(y) Use Tale” will be used to further demonstrate the issue of copyright and fair use.

Class Time Needed:

  • 3 to 4-50 Minute Class Sessions

Part 5 of 5: Comparing 4 Graphic Novels and 2 Webcomics Zombie Style

Preview and Objectives:

Students will discuss the process of creating zombie comics by using Comic Life. The issue of copyright will be further discussed, specifically focusing on works in the public domain versus works protected under a Creative Commons license. Students will view/listen to the two Videocasts (see above) created by myself.

The first videocast will introduce the Creative Commons-Attribution- NonCommercial-No Derivatives license, as well as the zombie novel Monster Island by David Wellington, which was published online under this particular CC license.

The second videocast is a reading of Chapter 2 from Wellington’s Monster Island.

To explore the connection between audio media listeners and presenters, students will consider their own personal connections and the connections that others make with audio media, and specifically with the archetypal example of audio media that made a strong impact upon others– Orson Welles’ broadcast of H. G. Wells’ War of the Worlds in October 1938.

Based on this exploration of the power of audio media, as well as upon the students’ experiences from Parts 1-4 in this series, students will be given time to explore a wealth of materials with the objective in mind of planning for and then creating a group podcast (or videocast for any students wanting an extra challenge) relating to the theme of zombies.

In sum, students will

  • listen to (and read) an audio broadcast.
  • explore the historical and cultural context of an audio broadcast.
  • establish criteria for effective audio storytelling and dramatizations.
  • compose a dramatization relating to the theme of zombies.

Class Time Needed:

  • 10-50 Minute Class Sessionss
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