Biography Comics – who? 29 Great Figures

Biography Comics includes the stories of famous athletes, musicians, artists, politicians, and more in comic book form. From the main menu, users must pick the person who interests them by tapping on his/her icon to download the comic book. Next, users tap the “My Bookshelf” button to access the downloaded text, and they are presented with the comic book’s table of contents. Users can tap the section they wish to read, and the app loads it. Users are then presented with the individual’s life story as a comic book. As they read it, users swipe to the right…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 4.6
B. Design - 8.9
C. Engagement - 7.3

6.9

An Engaging Way to Study Biographies

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Biography Comics includes the stories of famous athletes, musicians, artists, politicians, and more in comic book form. From the main menu, users must pick the person who interests them by tapping on his/her icon to download the comic book. Next, users tap the “My Bookshelf” button to access the downloaded text, and they are presented with the comic book’s table of contents. Users can tap the section they wish to read, and the app loads it. Users are then presented with the individual’s life story as a comic book. As they read it, users swipe to the right to advance pages, to the left to return to previously read pages, and the center to access the menu. By accessing the menu, users can tap the “Page” button on the top left to bookmark a page, and they can tap the “Lined” button to access bookmarked pages.

Please Note: Only two books can be downloaded for free. Users will have to make an in-app purchase to access additional books.

Instructional Ideas

  1. Teachers can assign students to read a person’s biography using this app. After reading it, teachers can require students to compose a paragraph to summarize the person’s childhood, a paragraph about the person’s professional life, and a paragraph explaining the person’s legacy. The paragraphs can be written using an Office app and posted to a class website.
  2. Teachers can have students select two biographies to read from this app. Next, students can compare the two individuals using the Venn Diagram app. Students can then compose a justification explaining which person lived a more extraordinary life.
  3. While reading a biography, teachers can have students record major events in the person’s life using the RWT Timeline app. Afterwards, for each major life event, teachers can have students represent it both visually and in writing using the PopBoardz app.
  4. After students become familiar with the comic books in this app, teachers can assign them a person to study. Students can research this person and create a comic book modeled after the ones in this app about the person they were assigned. Students can use the Book Creator app for making their biographies.
  5. After students learn about a person using this app, teachers can post a prompt that would interest that person, and students can write a response to the prompt from that person’s perspective.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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