For parents and teachers: This is a fun unit of work for years 3-5 that will improve visual literacy, trigger imaginative thinking, improve fine motor skills and increase vocabulary. It is appropriate for independent learning and can be done in an hour, though some students will find they enjoy the activities so much, they will want to keep going.
For students: Follow the steps below and by the end of it, you’ll be on your way to creating your own graphic novel, which is a book that is a little bit like a comic.
1. It’s time to get excited! Watch this little trailer (48 secs) that has been made to let people know about the book:
2. Click on the link below to read some of the first pages from the book. Take your time and enjoy. https://www.penguin.com.au/books/super-sidekicks-1-no-adults-allowed-9780143795865/extracts/2044-super-sidekicks-1-no-adults-allowed
3. Did you read some of the book? What did you notice about the words fhoof, smash and boom? Did they look different to you? All of these words are SOUNDS. Copy one of the words out on a blank piece of paper. Try to make the font look just like it does in the book.
4. Try matching the sidekick to the superhero on this sheet:
5. Now you know who everyone is, you can make them say whatever you want in this action scene. If you can’t print this out, write what each one says on a separate piece of paper. Have a go at drawing their missing faces as well:
6. Now it’s time to create your own team of sidekicks. What special ability will each of them have and how will they work together?
7. Choose your favourite sidekick from the above. You’re going to have your character meet the Super Sidekicks. On the below colouring-in sheet, add in the following:
- Your sidekick – draw a picture of them somewhere in this scene
- A word that is a sound – draw it
- A speech bubble and write in what the sidekick is saying
If you feel like colouring it in, go ahead. Challenge: try to give the characters some shading so they look 3D.
8. Want something super fun? A good cartoonist pays attention to details. See if you can spot the seven differences between the pictures below:
That’s the end of our lesson today but you can continue the Super Sidekicks fun by reading the books, which can be bought online from all good bookstores. See: https://www.penguin.com.au/books/super-sidekicks-1-no-adults-allowed-9780143795865
P.S. Part 2 of How to Draw a Graphic Novel will be uploaded in the coming weeks.
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