Science Action Comic Textbooks!

Have students take dull passages from science textbooks, and 'comicize' them to be readable, simple, understandable, and funny!

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Reading about discoveries in textbooks is rather dull- they tend to be packed with extraneous text, obtuse definitions, and complicated diagrams. It's not good writing. 

Students can hone their writing skills- short and sharp- and create a product that can be used in place of textbooks, claiming ownership over the classroom and their learning. Who doesn't love comics? Stick figures work great! 

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I also like the idea of using comics to have students reinforce a complex concept or a concept that was boring.  They could do this weekly or have one student do it each week and compile a whole comic book.  If multiple students do the work, then maybe they continue the same story from week to week.

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How fitting the first thing up is a marshmallow canon- we are shooting marshmallows with teachers on Thursday :)

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This is awesome! It reminds me of the work being done by Howtoons, a DIY comic book website geared at making comic books that illustrate and explain engineering concepts through visual and narrative storytelling. 
check it out here: http://www.howtoons.com/

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I made something like this for a teacher PD on Water Quality ( so, to be shown to adults) but it might give an idea what it could look like:
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1tFG1J62epT9y9mCfB_8D2s8AqHZW6QZObWMQFvhgc1c/edit?usp=sharing

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I've done similar activities, but nothing so ambitious as re-writing a textbook. And yes, I think a whole lot of textbooks could be re-written, and that's totally English class!

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This is awesome Shumit DasGupta Have you tried this with students? Could this also work in other textbooks, like math or engineering? I wonder if there would also be some overlap with English class?

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I love the idea of students creating their own textbook.  It is also likely that students will find at least one unit interesting