Secondary teaching resources: Comics in the Curriculum

Using comics to develop core Key Stage 3 English skills.

Comics aren’t just about superheroes – they’re a varied and complex art form and these free downloadable resources use them to teach core KS3 English skills like critical analysis and descriptive language techniques.

Introduction to Comics:

A presentation giving an overview of the medium of comics and introducing different comic genres.

Panel to Page:

A presentation demonstrating the mechanics of comics and how these relate to KS3 writing techniques, with an optional short critical writing activity.

Starter Activities:

Three 5-10 minute exercises to build confidence in drawing for later in the lesson.

Collaborative Comics:

A 20-30 minute activity focused on generating ideas, working in sequence and introducing the concept of visual storytelling.

Flutter Books:

A lesson using reading comprehension and critical analysis skills to break a story down into key narrative moments. This activity can be applied to any text you may be studying or used with a creative writing task.

Creating Memory Comics:

A lesson using vocabulary and descriptive writing techniques to make a comic about a specific memory, with a step-by-step worksheet and variations for less able students.

Reading List:

A suggested reading list of graphic novels and comics for interested KS3 students to pursue in their spare time.

These resources were designed and created by our Illustrator in Residence Peony Gent, in collaboration with The East London Comics & Arts Festival (ELCAF) with funding from Arts Council England.

Please find the resources below, ready to download now!