Writing and Communication Tools for Parents and Therapists

This tool created by ReadWriteThink can be used by reading specialists, speech-language pathologists, parents, and tutors.  More than that, it can be used in a variety of ways.

http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/comic-creator-30021.html

Here are some suggestions:

1. Social Stories with an interactive Comic Strip. Set up the good idea, the bad idea, and the open ended comic strip.  Infuse the Conversation Colors to make the feeling states concrete and the story alive.

2. Conversation Skills and Fluency: It is important for the teacher to type!  (as this activity goes fast and after all, fluency is a goal).  With this, you can create a scenario, have the student take on a character and flow with the conversation.  Analysis comes after!

3. Written expression:  Move away from the essay and the lined paper or blank compute screen.  A quick comic strip can target any type of expository writing and actually target the quality of the skill acquisition rather than getting the length.  Length comes later.  AND this heightens the cool factor for the teacher and the socioemotional buy in needed to get to the goal of length.

4. Synonyms/Antonyms/Vocabulary:  In this idea, one character (teacher’s character) can supply a simple statement.  The learner’s character has to restate it using the targeted vocabulary words from classroom curriculum.  This supports the student’s ability to demonstrate real vocabulary use and application to the curriculum.  The learner gets to demonstrate that he/she really understands the deep structure of the word through the development of a comic strip.

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