Friday, October 28, 2011

Children's Writing - Make a Comic at Amulet

Amulet is a comic book by Kazu Kibuishi.

Scholastic have an online activity where kids can create their own Amulet comic book pages, using art from Amulet Book One - The Stonekeeper.

The first step is to choose a layout, and there's a good variety of templates to choose from. Once that's done, children can select characters, settings, objects and speech bubbles to create their stories. All the features can be resized, rotated and flipped, and the final result printed out. You can see an example in my screen grab image at left.

If your kids love graphic novels or comics, Amulet might be just the inspiration they're looking for to start creating their own material. Reluctant writers might be tempted to add text to speech bubbles and use ideas from Amulet to get started. I also like the way the website allows kids to interact with characters by selecting questions to ask them, then reading their answers. This might lead children to interview their own characters as a way of getting to know them when writing fiction. Kids will also have fun making the characters dance etc. Get an idea of Amulet: The Stonekeeper in the Book Trailer below.

Find more ways your children or students can make comics in Book Chook Favourites - Cartoon Creation, Children's Writing with Toon Books Comic Maker, Make a Comic at Digger and the Gang, Creating Comics with Professor Garfield and Make Your Own Comic at MakeBeliefsComix.
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