Writing assignment #planning and executing a comic sketch

A five-page play or screenplay will be approximately 800 words. The only way to prove that you truly, deeply, and on a cellular level understand the concepts of comedy learned in this class and the human sensibility represented by the comedy genre, is to put them into practice. An athlete can read all the books she wants on the principles of a serving a tennis ball, but the proof is in the pudding: can she serve a tennis ball? Therefore, your final assignment is an exercise in which you create a “comic sketch.”A sketch is a short, comic scene, such as one might see on Saturday Night Live or Funny or Die. Your sketch should be five (5) pages long, but you may go as long as eight (8) pages (if it’s really funny). It is appreciated if the piece is properly formatted as a play or screenplay, but as long as it’s neat and comprehensible, formatting is a minor issue, and you may feel free to make up your own style of formatting.

In addition to the sketch, you must include a paragraph explaining your comic premise, and a paragraph explaining what is funny about at least one character. Do this first, and it will make the actual writing of the sketch better! Again, your sketch may be done in screenwriting format or playwriting format, or a format you invent.

Playwriting format: Various approaches to play formatting are available online and you are free to use any of them, as long as they are clear. One of the simplest explanations is here: 


Screenwriting format: Screenwriting format is thoroughly explained in the required text, Screenwriting for Neurotics. Also, various websites explain screenplay formatting. One of the simplest is here: https://www.oscars.org/sites/oscars/files/scriptsample.pdf

Preparation: You have access to YouTube. Go online and watch ten or twelve comedy sketches (how’s THAT for fun homework?), and note why the characters are comic characters, and what the comic premise is. Hybridization of type? Parody? Fish out of water? Then, think up a comic premise of your own, or start with a comic character and build the premise around the character. In other words, if your character is a terrible fussbudget, always cleaning a tidying, you make him a fish out of the water by having him move in with the messiest, dirtiest, sloppiest guy on earth. Voila! The Odd Couple. In general, the easiest way to make your way through any plot is to give your character a goal, and opposition. To understand it more deeply, “Screenwriting for Neurotics” from University of Iowa Press can help. You will be graded on the basis of whether your work is neat and shows care, and most of all whether it reflects what you have learned this semester about the principles of comedy. 

Bonus points on the final script: You will get 10 bonus points on your final script for every time you make the reader—me—laugh out loud. And I mean literally laugh out loud. Don’t count on it. I smile, I chuckle, but laughing out loud is hard to get. New, original work; no adaptations. All scripts must be original and not based on material from another medium(that includes prose works you yourself authored). Your idea (spine)may be rejected by the instructor, if he believes you will have trouble making it work. You may not “rework” scripts you began outside this class. Work must be new and original. These rules are designed to help me help you succeed; the beginning writer doesn’t always know what he should be writing. DO NOT TURN IN WORK YOU HAVE TURNED IN FOR OTHER CLASSES. To do so is serious academic 


Comic book (co-teaching models and approaches)

Locate and review three scholarly resources specific to any of the following topics:

Co-teaching defined

Implementation of co-teaching

Effects of co-teaching on teachers and students

Shared responsibility and accountability within co-teaching

Following your research, create a six-page comic book to share with your school’s administration and general education teachers.

Within the comic book, include the following:

A description of co-teaching models and approaches:

One Teaching, One Observing

One Teaching, One Assisting

Station Teaching

Parallel Teaching

Alternative Teaching


Specific strategies and supports for successful collaboration and co-teaching success.

A research-based, persuasive rationale for co-teaching that encourages participation and support.

Use your reviewed articles as reference throughout the comic book, citing where applicable.

While APA format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and in-text citations and references should be presented using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite.


Comic | Education homework help

Today you will create a story (Eyewitness account) about the adventures of the (You pick a 2st Estate member or 3rd Estate member)  and how they went through the French Revolution.  

Your Comic Must have 

1.  A main character (2nd or 3rd Estate person) and their perspective

2.  The Character speaking about what is happening from the list below

3.  Direct Connection to the notes and ideas

4.  A description below the box

4 Box Comic on the French Revolution 

Box 1 – Taxes, Famine (Cause) 

Box 2 – National Convention / Storming of the Bastille (Start of Revolution)

Box 3 – Robespierre -Reign of Terror  / Guillotine (Crazy Revolution) 

Box 4 – Napoleon causes Nationalism and unification (Revolution Ends) 


Create a comic strip | Education homework help


Create a comic using a web 2.0 tool of your choice to teach your students how to be good digital citizens.  Some choices for tools to use for creating a comic or storytelling include  Make Beliefs Comix, Pixton, Comic Life , ToonDoo, Comic Master, or any other website/tool of your choice.

Pick an area of digital citizenship that pertains to the student population you will be teaching.  Areas that you may choose from include, but are not limited to: cyber bullying, netiquette, plagiarism, piracy, internet safety. Use a comic strip tool to teach your students about your topic.  Your comic must include a minimum of three characters.

You will be graded on:

  • Relevance: how relevant is the comic strip in increasing the understanding of the topic.
  • Presentation and design: how interesting is the design of the comic strip? It should have at least 4 panels.
  • Story-telling: does the comic strip have a clear start, middle and end? Is the message that the comic strip trying to tell clear? Multiple characters should be interacting.
  • Originality: how original is the story?


Create a comic | Literature homework help

Task: You are going to write about a specific time in your life, in the same way that Satrapi does in the chapters of her graphic novel.

 you can use a free comic strip maker to create your graphic novel.

There will be no difference in grading.

How to create your comic using a free comic strip maker:

Go to pixton.com

  1. Create an account using the sign up “I just wanna have fun” option. Please do not sign in with the ‘I’m a student’ option as this option is not free.
  2. Once you are signed in, you can start creating your comic/graphic novel. Not sure how to proceed? Check out their help center and the how-to videos.
  3. Once you are done with your comic, you will need to publish it. (The publish option is at the bottom of the page). The following shows you how to publish and share the link to the comic you create:

Details about the assignment:

  • Your work must have at least 20 vignettes with no more than 5 without text.
  • There must be at least 2 characters; one of which must be you. You can have vignettes with only one person, however, but your story must have at least 2 characters.
  • There must be at least 2 different settings.
  • It must be about a specific time in your life. (not a long period of time)

How to make a good comic strip?

  • Think about Satrapi’s use of dialogue, sequence, and story narration.
  • Make sure the background/setting you choose fits what your story is about.

Personal Narrative 2: Your Graphic Novel