Motivating Your Writers with Comix

I found a great website this summer and cannot wait to use it this year!  Have you all heard about Make Beliefs Comix?  It is a wonderful {and free} website.


Here are some great features of the site:

1)  Students can go onto the site and create a digital comic.  They can choose characters, speech bubbles, thought bubbles, backgrounds, and more!  There is a slight learning curve, but it's not too hard to figure out.  Then, the comic can easily be printed.  Here is a screen shot of a quick comic I threw together:


2)  I am even more excited about the next feature!  You choose a comic-themed template to print {there are tons of templates!} and then your students can fill out the speech bubbles!  This would be a great way to motivate reluctant writers.  I also plan on using some of these images when I teach quotations.  And... these would also be great for fast finishers, centers, and writing workshop.

Look at all of the categories:


  Here are a few of my favorite templates:






3) The website even includes a list of 21 Ways to Use Make Beliefs Comics in the Classroom!

4) There is also an inspiring section on the website that showcases how the Comix have been beneficial to students with special needs.  Here is a quote I found:

Here's a story from Jacquelyn Criger, Assistive Technology Specialist in Indian Prairie School District, Naperville, IL, about how she uses MakeBeliefsComix to help struggling writers:
"I am an assistive technology specialist in a district of about 30,000 students. I collaborate with teachers to help find supports for learners with special needs. Year after year, the majority of my referrals have to do with students who are struggling writers. I am sharing your website during collabs, trainings, and it's a link on a Wiki my colleague and I keep up. Using comics is a great way to help a resistant writer. There isn't a blank page. The finished product can be short, and still have a beginning, middle and an end. Your site, because you have included emotions for the characters, also allows kiddos to retell something that is bothering them. I have yet to show it to someone who isn't excited about using it with his/her kiddos! Thank you so much!!"




How would you use Make Beliefs Comix in your classroom?



10 comments

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  2. I love using blank comics for the kids to write in the bubbles. This looks like a really good resource-thanks so much for sharing!

    NotJustChild'sPlay

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  4. I have used comics to teach quotations, but never on a website. Teaching quotations can be pretty dry so I love the idea of using Comix to motivate the kids! I definitely plan on using this site with my fourth graders! It would be great for practicing vocabulary words too! I love your blog by the way. I'm brand new to the blogging world myself and you've been a huge lifesaver with your blogging tips. Thanks!

    Kristin
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  5. I am thinking of using a comic maker with my students to explain the writing process or steps they take when reading nonfiction. I think it could be a fun way for them to reflect on what they do to be successful and other strategies they can try.

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