I'll be the first to admit that as a kid, I did everything possible to avoid reading both at school and at home. Reading always felt like a chore and this mentality is something that followed me well into adulthood until a comic book shop opened up down the street from my house. Out of curiosity, I decided to go into the shop and I purchased a new Batman graphic novel that had just come out. In no time at all, I found myself hooked. I bought comics, went to the library and checked out graphic novels. All of this eventually led to reading traditional books and even listening to audio books. Lately, I haven't been reading as much as I like but there was a time a few years ago when I was challenging myself to read 50-100 books a year (including graphic novels). Comics can be a catalyst to inspire reading for those of us that need visuals in storytelling. So why not task students with creating their own graphic novels?
Asking students to create their own graphic novels can be a great way for students to work collaboratively, build communication skills, practice writing, explore core content, and more. In our summer program, Camp 3D, we asked students to create their own comics using different apps to sketch, such as Sketches School, then asked the students to create the layouts with apps such as Book Creator or ComicBook! What other tools are possible? What about Google Slides?
In our office, we have really been rethinking how we use Google Slides and realizing just how powerful and flexible it can be as a tool. Simply changing your slide layout to 8.5"w x 11"h alters Slides from a presentation tool into a publishing tool. Having the flexibility to move text and images exactly where you want is an important element to the design skills needed for creative design and publishing.
In order to facilitate the process of making graphic novels in Google Slides, we created a Graphic Novel Google Slides template. In the template, there are 10 different layouts to choose from. Simply click on Layout and choose the one you wish to use. Don't forget, you have all of your speech bubbles inside of shapes in Google Slides.
Have fun creating graphic novels in your classroom. Be sure to send us some examples of what you create.
DOWNLOAD GOOGLE SLIDES GRAPHIC NOVEL TEMPLATE