Surfing with the Bard Lesson Plans

Any Play Creating a Classic Comic Book
Submitted by:  Michael Cremonini
Date:  July 31, 1994

Objective:   To help students clearly delineate the plot line(s) and help them to remember key lines of text.

Materials:  Comic book layout paper, markers, crayons, colored pencils, tape, glue, scissors, etc.


You may use the following comic layout which contains boxes for 18 key scenes, or you may create your own book.

  1. Choose at least 18 key scenes from the play.
  2. Next choose the most important piece of text from that scene.
  3. Write a narration or a summary to carry the plot line between those scenes.
  4. Draw and color or cut and paste pictures to illustrate the scenes.
  5. Include the text in comic balloons.

Be creative and have fun with this.

Another Variation:

Tape, tack, nail, glue, etc. a large sheet of white paper to the wall.  Instruct the students that each day when they come in they can draw the story of the play being studied.  Have markers, crayons, etc. available.  Each drawing must include the pertinent text.  The large sheet of paper should be titled (i.e. The Tragedy of Macbeth) and should have an example already drawn on it (i.e. the three witches saying "Fair is foul, and foul is fair...").  Include the act, scene, and line number(s).

This project can start at the beginning of the study of the play and continue throughout its reading or you can use it as a variation of Telling the Story as a review of the play.



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