Curriculum Development: Highlighter Alien Comic Zine!

Illustrated Stories with Mrs. D’s Severe Seven is always fun! This little story helped me get out some of the icky feelings I had today about our current circumstances. I love writing curriculum for students in programs with Art with a Heart. It’s fun thinking about ways to engage students at home through fun art projects. Mrs. D feels most zen when she is writing and trying out new lessons at home on the sofa. It’s where I get my very best ideas for visual arts integrated projects!

PROMPT: “One day an asteroid hit the planet (name your planet) and the aliens that live there wake up to find that they can no longer do the things they love to do most!  Sound familiar?  Interview 4 aliens that are complaining about the one thing they miss doing the most, then illustrate your notes in a zine comic!  Humor is allowed and highly suggested!

Fold a 7 panel accordion booklet and follow this layout to illustrate your comic:

Page 1-Cover-Title Page-Draw your planet and an asteroid coming towards it! Add the text “BREAKING NEWS!” or come up with your own title.  What’s the name of your planet? 

Page 2-Alien #1-pick one shape for it’s body.  Alien #1 can’t do___________?  You fill in the blank.  Try to give a clue in your illustration. 

Page 3-Alien #2-pick a different shape for it’s body.  Alien #2 can’t do__________? Fill in the blank, give a clue in your illustration.

Page 4-Alien #3-pick a different shape for it’s body.  Alien #3 can’t do__________?Fill in the blank, give a clue in your illustration. 

Page 5-Alien #4-pick a different shape for it’s body.  Alien #4 can’t do__________?

Page 6-All 4 Aliens work together to come up with a plan!  Put all your aliens together on this page!  Use their body shape to identify them. You can add color once you complete all your drawings! Using highlighters is a special treat when working with aliens!

Page 7-Illustrate a hopeful ending! Draw whatever inspires you to wrap up this story.  Is it a cliffhanger?  Do the aliens solve the problem together or does just one alien save the day?  You decide!  

All of these can be quick sketches! 

Use the following resources to help you with your drawings!

One day an asteroid hit the planet HeARTh.

Alien #1 can’t perform at alien rock concerts!

Alien #2 can’t eat the cheesy pizza at Pizza Inn!

Alien #3 can’t lay out on the beach with friends!

Alien #4 can’t give hugs to every alien it meets!

All 4 aliens get together in a ZOOM ZAM video conference.

Planet HeARTth starts to heal a little!

To be continued…….. 

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