Catcher in the Rye Comic Book Project

Let’s face it; the Internet is both a blessing and a curse. It’s becoming more difficult for teachers to assign students anything because they’re so compelled to just Google all the time.

My sophomores just finished reading, Catcher in the Rye. I was looking for a culminating project that would be “Google-proof.” I came up with the idea to have them create a comic book. Then I brainstormed ways to make it very difficult for students to just Google their ideas.

I came up with the idea of having the students answer very specific prompts, and their answers would be incorporated into the comic book.

My students used the free (as of this writing) website, Storyjumper, to create their books. I love Storyjumper because it’s so easy to import your class from Google Classroom. The site offers a multitude of clipart, props, characters, and settings. Students can even import their own photos and insert them into the projects. The site is so easy to use! And, there is an option to pay to get your project printed in a real book!

Here are a few examples of the prompts students chose (at random) from:

Ex. A CONVERSATION BETWEEN ALLIE AND HOLDEN ABOUT ALLIE’S POETRY

Ex. A CONVERSATION BETWEEN HOLDEN AND STRADLATER ABOUT WHY HOLDEN DOES NOT WANT STRADLATER DATING JANE

Students are challenged to revisit this novel–its main character and plot details– to gather details to help them write plausible comic books.

If’ you’d like more informaiton about this project, click here.

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