This worksheet is Step 1 to creating individual student created Timeline Comics using the iPad App - Comic Life. This project reaches across social studies (timelines), reading (biographies), writing, math (calculating ages and dates), and technology curriculum (iPad). After we have read some short biographies and learned about how important events in a person's life help to create timelines, we are ready to start this project. I start the lesson by asking students to bring in a comic strip. We partner and talk about aspects of a comic (beginning, middle, end, tell a story, use of color, etc). Next we re-visit timelines, and create a timeline together on the board. Now we are ready to start our project. I would suggest sending this questionnaire as homework. Parents can help with names, places, and dates.
Step 1 - Complete iPad Timeline Questionnaire
Step 2 - Use half of an 11 X 17 (cut horizontally) white construction paper folded to allow FOUR panels. Students use the questionnaire to make a rough draft of the timeline comic (draw timeline line at the bottom and write in answers from questionnaire, draw a picture in each panel to support the event, draw text bubbles to create dialogue to tell their story, color each panel).
Step 3 - Take the rough draft comic strip and use Comic Life on the iPad to create the comic strip. Comic Life uses photos taken on the iPad and inserts them into the panel. Students type the timeline event in each panel, and can create text bubbles for their dialogue. Students should bring a baby photo to use for panel 1. Students can take a photo with their first teacher, a sign of the school name, create a graduation cap, wear a costume or uniform , or use other props to support the action in their timeline. Grouping students in partners works great to help each other with taking photos.
Display - I usually display the drawn comic, and the final iPad comic together. The students and parents love these projects.