Comic Strip Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Use this lesson plan to introduce your students to the history of comic strips as an art form. Students will read about the history of comic strips, summarize the history in an art project, then create their own comic strips.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe the history of the comic strip
  • apply the principles of comic strip art to an original creation


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.


Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.


  • Copies of newspaper or online comics (enough for each student)
  • Art supplies (for creating 2 comic strips per student)
  • Printed copies of the lesson (1 for each student)


  • Begin the lesson by distributing a comic strip (or page of comic strips) to each student. Ask them to read through the strip and make a mental note of its key characteristics. Allow some time for students to trade the comic strips around and chat about them.
  • Distribute the lesson What is a Comic Strip? - Definition & History. Ask students to read the 'Introduction' and 'Definition' sections (stopping before History). Ask:
    • What is a comic strip?
  • After some discussion, write a whole class consensus on the board.
  • Next, ask students to read the 'History' and 'The Early Years: 1890's-1920's' sections.
  • Hold a whole class discussion in which students summarize what they just read. Either write key points on the board, or ask students to note key points on their own paper.
  • Now read the remaining time period sections, pausing after each to note the key points.
  • Read the lesson summary and have students complete the associated quiz.

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