Homeschool Writing Idea - Be a Comic Book Hero

by Mark Cotterman

My son doesn't like to actually place the pencil on paper and spell out his thoughts.  He gets bored before the end of the first line.  His ideas are wonderful and so is his sentence structure.  However, he would rather tell the story than write it.

My son doesn't like to write but he LOVES superheros!  Enter comic books.  I have him put some story ideas into idea boxes using index cards and old tissue boxes.  I use the boxes for characters, facts and the plot.  He just writes down some words (not sentences) on the cards.  He pulls out a card when he is ready for the ideas on it.  Sometimes we just put the cards in order and write from them, it depends how many facts he has.

The main character is always him!  He chooses to be a different superhero everytime.  We use construction paper for the comic book.  We mix in some math by measuring out lines to put the text on.  This is the only writing assignment he loves to do and he does it without fussing!  The reward for finishing it is he gets to make an outfit and pretend to be that superhero and act out his comic book.

It works for girls too!  

Good luck!

Great idea Mark - thanks for sharing. I love that he gets to act out the story afterwards!

If your child doesn't want to be the hero himself, then how about using a pet or favorite book character?

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