Title: Circuit Comic Strip
Format: Word (tweak to meet your needs!)
Size: 11x17 (I found the extra space to be beneficial)
Info: 6-step project, over eight 45-55min class periods
In this eight-day project, students will create a comic strip to show their understanding of series and parallel circuits.
Over the course of the 8 days, they'll use a brainstorming sheet to pull the information required to make the comic from their notes, complete a sheet outlining the 5 elements of their story.
Once they have these ready to go, they create a written version (script) of their comic, followed by a day where they test and practice drawing the repeated images that will be in their comic (main characters, background, etc).
They they create a rough draft of their comic, and have a peer edit it for them. The peer editor is provided with a guided editing form, where they're asked to look for each aspect outlined in the scoring guide, and identify where they (hopefully) found it in the comic.
Once this is all complete, the students are given 3 days to create their final masterpiece, to be turned in.
Grading-wise, I only grade the final product, with informal checks throughout the project. This could easily be adjusted, with formative assessments given for any/all aspects of the project (brainstorm, elements, rough draft, edit).
As always, I've provided the project in Word form, so you can tweak it to fit your teaching style, grade level, or student group.
I've included two versions of the WRITTEN COMIC section of the project: My original, which includes comic strip style boxes, and the revised, which is set up like lined paper. I found that they couldn't resist drawing pictures (and wasting a LOT of time), rather than spending the time creating a good STORY, which prompted the revision. I've included BOTH, just in case you like one or the other.
In addition, I've included a variety of example comics, ranging across the spectrum when it comes to artistic ability and/or story telling prowess. Overall, these examples met the expectations of the rubric well, earning 90%+. I have these examples available for my students during early stages of the project, should they need inspiration, or see ideas of how their comic can really be ANYTHING they want.