This blog post details an inferencing project/5-day lesson for fourth graders. The author provides examples of student work from each stage in the project. This inferencing project incorporates differentiated instruction and even calls for students to create their own comics strips. Other skills and topics are also addressed in these lessons, including setting and characterization.
Even Garfield can be educational! This free PowerPoint presentation is designed as a mini lesson or a short, daily activity (bell ringer, warm-up, journal activity or discussion) for teachers to incorporate into their classrooms. Created by a classroom teacher, it uses Garfield comics to help students understand inferences.
The teacher in this video explains step-by-step exactly how to teach inferences by using comics. She provides two clear examples, along with the exact wording and methods she uses to teach inferences with comics to students.
Jennifer Haines explains the powerful benefits of using comics as a teaching tool, backing up her claims with research. She explains that comics are especially beneficial for reluctant and ELL readers. The use of comics to teach reading skills is a great motivating factor for these students.
Nancy Frey and Douglas B. Fisher, both professors at the University of San Diego’s Department of Educational Leadership, have put together this great book. Teaching Visual Literacy is a collection of articles intended to help teachers understand how to use visual material, including comics and cartoons, to help students think critically and thoughtfully.