This project is the perfect way for students to summarize the plot of a graphic novel that they have read, transfer their knowledge of another piece of literature into graphic novel form or use their imaginations and write their own graphic novel! Many popular novels have been turned into graphic novels to meet a broader audience and introduce students of all abilities to rich literary content.
Some popular examples of classic literature turned into graphic novels are:
Some examples of award-winning graphic novels that elementary students love are:
Check out our many more versatile Graphic Novel Templates! Remember, when giving your students an assignment in Storyboard That, you can add as many templates as you like!
For more ideas and inspiration, check out our Graphic Novel Projects in the Classroom!
(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Copy Activity", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)
Objective: Create a Graphic Novel Poster for a book you have read, or write your own!
(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)
Plot and Design
Poster includes at least 4-6 images that accurately re-tell the story. Dialogue and descriptions match the images and enhance understanding. It is evident that time and care were taken to create a visually appealing poster.
Poster includes less than 4 images and descriptions and dialogue do not always match the images. It is evident that time and care were taken but there is some important information missing.
Poster includes less than 2 images and does not depict the important parts of the story. Descriptions and dialogue are missing or do not match the images.
Spelling and Grammar
Spelling and grammar are mostly accurate. Mistakes do not get in the way of understanding.
Spelling and grammar have errors which hinder understanding.
Text is very difficult to understand.
Before starting, teachers should familiarize the students with the concept of graphic novels. Some students might be familiar because of manga and comic books so they can also help other class fellows get familiar with the concept.
Ask the students which scenes they think play the most important part in the story and which scenes they think should be included.
After students are done reading the novel, the teachers can ask them which scene was the most memorable and iconic for them. If a scene is staying in their memory after reading the whole book, it should definitely be included in the graphic novel.
Students can use the scenes that have an impact on the visual appeal of the novel the most. They can also go with the scenes that they think they can portray in the best way to convey the actual story to the audience in an engaging manner.
In order to encourage collaboration, teachers can divide the class into groups and assign them a few scenes from the novels and at the end, all groups’ work can be combined to create one novel.