Most kids love superheroes! And many kids also love comic books. Even children who don’t usually love reading or writing will often enjoy reading comic books and writing (and drawing) their own comic strips. To capitalize on your kids’ love of superheroes and comic books, try these comic strip book reports!
How to Use These Comic Strip Book Reports
For Younger Children or Children with Less Well-Developed Reading and Writing Skills
These comic strip book reports are great for encouraging kids who don’t particularly enjoy reading and writing (or book reports, for that matter!), but they’re also great for children of all ages who don’t yet have strong reading and writing skills. Why? Because these comic strip templates allow those children a way to “write” book reports mostly by drawing!
With these children, you may also decide to have them create their comic strip book reports based on books you’ve read aloud to them or audiobooks they’ve listened to. This is a great way to help children think more deeply about what they’ve read (or heard) in a way that is fun and doesn’t seem like a test.
For Older Children and Those with Well-Developed Reading and Writing Skills
If you have older children or even younger children who are good readers and have strong writing skills, you can have those children include more writing in their book reports. You may also want to have them create their reports based on books they’ve read independently rather than books you’ve read aloud to them or audiobooks they’ve heard.
But of course, it’s ultimately up to you how much independent reading, writing, or drawing you want to have your children do. One of the best things about homeschooling is having the ability to adjust assignments and requirements to fit the needs of each child!
Things to Include in the Book Report
It’s a good idea to discuss with your children what a book report is and what should be included in one. For example, you’ll want to be sure to have them include the basics such as information about the setting, characters, and (of course!) the plot when designing their comics. For younger children, it might be helpful to discuss these things and make a plan for using the available boxes wisely in order to have enough boxes (without having boxes left over) to include all of the necessary information. Older students should be able to do this independently, but it’s still a good idea to give them a reminder ahead of time to think about it.
There are some other things you might want to help them (or remind them) to consider such as what part of the story is the climax and how many boxes it will occupy, and what is the conclusion and how many boxes it will occupy.
You’ll probably find that, as you discuss these details with your children, they will gain a deeper understanding of what they’ve read even before they begin working on their book reports! This conversation will also help you better determine your children’s level of understanding of the story, the characters, and the plot. And if your children have misunderstood anything in the story, you’ll be better able to determine why and help correct the misunderstandings.
This pack includes four different layouts with two versions. There’s one for book reports and one for chapter summaries – which is useful for older children reading longer books. There are eight pages included in total.
I hope you find that your children enjoy using these comic strip book report templates to create their own book reports – comic strip style! Click the link below to go to the store to download yours.