Showing posts with label Make Beliefs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Make Beliefs. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

700 More Writing Prompts from Make Beliefs Comix

Last week I shared an ebook of writing prompts from Make Beliefs Comix. That ebook is just one of many free writing prompt resources offered by Make Beliefs Comix. This morning I explored the site and found more than 700 writing prompt pages. All of the pages are designed to be printed and given to students to write on.

The printables section on Make Beliefs Comix is organized into dozens of categories. Some of those categories include A Book of Questions, Heroes, History, and Poetry. All the the printable writing prompt pages include artwork designed to spark a student's imagination. Some of the artwork is in color and some is in black and white. A bonus of the black and white artwork is that you're essentially getting a coloring page and a writing prompt in one package.

Applications for Education
The Make Beliefs Comix printables section is a resource that elementary school teachers should keep bookmarked. Whether you need some new writing prompts to use with your whole class or you want to let kids pick a favorite, the Make Beliefs Comix printables section has something for every elementary school classroom.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Free Customizable E-Books from Make Beliefs Comix

Make Beliefs Comix is a multilingual comic strip creation service that I've featured in the past. For more than a year they have offered more than 300 printable comic strip templates. Recently, Make Beliefs Comix released a handful of free e-books. The Make Beliefs Comix e-books are PDFs that students customize by filling in the blanks in the document. If your students use Chrome, they can complete the PDF in their web browsers.

Applications for Education
The Make Beliefs Comix e-books provide a nice source of writing prompts for elementary school and middle school students. If your classroom does not have enough computers for every student, take a look at the Make Beliefs Comix printable templates to use as writing prompts.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Get to Know Your New Students Through Comics

As every teacher knows, it can take a while for new students to open up to each other and to you. One way to get them to share stories about themselves is to have them put it into a fun comic story. Through creating comic stories you can have students share favorite stories from their summer vacations. In the process students learn how to use a new tool, practice developing storylines, and they let you in on a little bit of who they are as people.

Here are a few web-based tools that your students can use to create comic stories to share with you.

Comic Master is a free tool designed for students to use to create comics in the "graphic novel style" that is popular with a lot of kids in the ten to fourteen years old age range. By using Comic Master to create their stories about their summer adventures students can turn themselves into the "super hero" of their stories. Comic Master provides a drag and drop interface for students to build their comics on. Students using Comic Master can select from a variety of layouts, backgrounds, characters, effects, and fonts. Students can create free accounts on Comic Master to save their works and edit them whenever they like. Comic Master gives students the option to create and print multiple page stories.


Storyboard That provides templates in which you can create your stories in a comic strip style. To help you create your story Storyboard That provides dozens of scenes, characters, and text bubbles to fill your storyboard's frames. Each element that you drag into your storyboard's frames can be re-sized, rotated, and re-positioned. Storyboard That has free and paid plans. The free plan allows you to create three and six frame stories. The free plan also limits you to three storyboards per week. A paid classroom account offers options for managing student accounts, limiting sharing to classroom members only, and a classroom account offers more frames per storyboard.

Make Beliefs is a free comic strip creation tool that provides students with a variety of templates, characters, and prompts for building their own comic strips. Make Beliefs provides students with a pre-drawn characters and dialogue boxes which they can insert into each box of their comic strip. The editing options allow users the flexibility to alter the size of each character and dialogue bubble, bring elements forward within each box, and alter the sequence of each box in the comic strip. Students that have trouble starting a story can access writing prompts through make beliefs. Most impressively, Make Beliefs allows users to write their comic strip's dialogue in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portugese, or Latin.

Disclosure: Storyboard That is an advertiser on this blog. 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Make Beliefs Comix Offers 300+ Printable Comic Templates

Make Beliefs Comix, a multilingual comic strip creation service that I've featured in the past, recently released some new printable comic strip templates. These printable templates are in addition to the online Make Beliefs Comix creation tool. The templates are divided into dozens of thematic categories including history, holidays, and civil rights. There is even a category of templates titled Emotions which is designed to help students express how they are feeling through comic characters.

Applications for Education
The printable templates from Make Beliefs Comix could be excellent resources to use as creative writing prompts. You could have students start a simple story by using the templates then expand the story into a longer narrative.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Make Beliefs Comix Daily Comics Diary

Make Beliefs Comix, a multilingual comic strip creation service that I've featured in the past including in this list of comic creation tools, recently released some new materials to encourage daily creative writing. The Daily Comix Diary offers a plethora of suggestions for student comic strip creation activities. In addition to the Daily Comix Diary, Make Beliefs Comix offers a list of 21 ways to use comics in the classroom.

Applications for Education
Creating comics could be a good way to get reluctant writers to take a new look at creative writing.
On a classroom management note, if you don't have enough computers in your classroom for every student to be online at once or you have to go to a computer lab Make Beliefs Comix offers more than 100 printable templates that your students can use to plan before going online.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Hello World - Language Games for Kids

Hello World provides games and activities for students to develop their knowledge of foreign languages. Hello World has games and activities in nine languages including Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese. Not all of the games and activities are free, but enough of them are free to warrant listing as a good place for free learning activities.


Applications for Education
The games and activities on Hello World are geared toward younger students at the elementary school level. Students will find games like bingo and word search. Students will also find activities designed to help students learn basic phrases and dialogue.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Make Beliefs - Multilingual Comic Strip Creation
Leximo - The World's Multilingual Dictionary
Foreign Language, ESL Resources You Might Have Missed