We have a word wall for this unit (Conflict Resolution) that is full of all sorts of sophisticated words--'power', 'escalate', 'mediate' etc... Students show their understanding of these words by giving concrete examples. We do it with comic strips. Using a very cool site, stripgenerator.com, we can create our own comic strips in a few minutes. Students write short, 3-frame scenarios that help us to understand the word they chose. Then. on stripgenerator.com, they drag-and-drop their characters and voice bubbles into the framesand type in the dialogue. It couldn't be easier!
The, they write a short paragraph to explain how the comic strip demonstrates what the word means and we staple them up together on the wall. Easily done in one lesson.
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