Creating a Story from Pre-created Comixer Comic Panels
The app Comixer comes with a variety of comic strip panels already created. Students had to choose 4-12 of the panels and put them together in a way that would make sense, thereby creating their own story.
They emailed me their finished comic. In the body of the email (not shown) they had to do two assignments. First, they had to write a 1 sentence summary of their story using the "name it verb it finish it" format from Step Up to Writing. Next, they wrote a detailed retell of the story. This was great practice for them as far as giving detail, forced them to explain in a way that made sense why they chose the comic panels and how they fit together, and helped me understand the story they were trying to convey.