The Children’s School at Stephens College enjoyed a unit on comic books and graphic design this fall.
The project allowed the children to be a part of Daniel Boone Regional Library's One Read programming. While this year's One Read selection, "Station Eleven," is not a children's book, it does include graphic design themes throughout. The Children's School extracted those themes to create the curriculum.
Students were challenged to draft a short story, then draw preliminary sketches of their primary characters. They then created a mock-up draft of how the characters and plot would intersect before starting a final comic book. Younger children were given pre-made comics to fill in. One class opted to create a single book based on their own adventures as a group.
As part of the unit, students also took a walking trip to Rock Bottom Comics on Walnut St., where they got a first-hand look at the world of graphic storytelling.
The work, including various stages of students’ projects, will be on display at the One Read panel discussion on the Stephens campus Sept. 17.
"We've had lessons on comics in the past, but this year, it really took off," elementary teacher Lindsey Clifton said. "We liked that we could be a part of this community-wide event, and we're looking forward to showing the public our work."
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