Vocabulary Review through Comic Life by Angela Coburn and David Wickham

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Oregon Common Core State Standards: 
EL.03.RE.12 Understand, learn, and use new vocabulary that is introduced and taught directly through orally-read stories and informational text as well as student-read stories and informational text.
Lesson Plan Details
45 minutes
Students will demonstrate their understanding of vocabulary words through telling a story with Comic Life.
Comic Life with laptops.

Prior to instruction, the teacher needs to...

  • Review vocabulary words with students
  • Become familiar with Comic Life software
  • Create a file for pictures (I usually try to get 10-12 pictures in a file) that relate to the story they have read or are currently reading
  • Make a list of vocabulary words students can choose from (optional)
  • Limit choices of templates students can choose from (I usually limit to one or two choices)


In this lesson, the teacher will...

  1. Open Comic Life and show students which template(s) they will be allowed to use.
  2. Show students how to navigate through the software, including adding a title and their name, uploading pictures (through explore tab), dragging pictures, adding captions, expanding captions to fit all text in, etc.
  3. Give students a list of their vocabulary words, or allow them to use their book.
  4. Have students work in partners to complete the comic.
  5. Prepare students to take turns and work as a team.  For example: partner "A" will drag in the first picture, while parter "B" will add the caption.  Explain that EACH caption needs to have at least one vocabulary word within it, and it must make sense.
  6. Have students underline vocabulary words (optional).
  7. When finished, I like to have students print two copies, one per partner.


I use a rubric to evaluate my students' Comic Life.

Oregon Educational Technology Standards
Creativity and Innovation: 
1A. Apply existing knowledge to forecast possibilities and generate new ideas, products or processes.
Communication and Collaboration: 
2A. Interact and collaborate with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
Career Related Learning Standards
Personal Management: 
CR2A. Plan, organize, and complete projects and assigned tasks on time, meeting agreed upon standards of quality.
CR3C Give and receive feedback in a positive manner.