Perhaps everyone else is shaking their heads and saying “where have YOU been” but until my son introduced me to the site Zen Pencils today, I was unaware of its existence. There are great cartoons/comics drawn for lots of inspirational material (look for the Neil Gaiman one! Or the J.K Rowling one! And more!). And there is a really nice one for “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, which we are in the midst of studying in class at the moment.
My first thought was: “Perfect for my visually minded students!”.
My second thought was: “I don’t know how to use this in class!”
It’s not like me to draw a complete blank, so I turn to you for help.
I have two groups of students studying it. The first, small group, are strong students who are about to finish the poem and its related activities. I can safely say they understood the poem. Writing a description related to the pictures sounds a boring and irrelevant task…
The other group are weak students with poor vocabularies (the only words they understood in the poem before we began it were basically “and”, ” two”, “yellow” “morning” and “day”). We still have a lot of work to do on the poem and I believe the comics could be useful for understanding it. However, I can’t simply say: “Look at this!” Most kids will give it 10 seconds of their attention if there isn’t something active that needs to be done. Since I don’t teach frontally (but rather in the format of a learning center with10th, 11th and 12th graders all mixed), we can’t all look at it together. The students studying the poem come at different times (some students are at too low a level to study this poem).
I’m stumped. Any suggestions?