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Tell Your Life Story
Select a character to represent you and speak for you as you talk about yourself, your life story and your interests. Introduce yourself, talk about who you are, what you do, what you're interested in, what you like or don't like. If you came from another country, tell us where you're from and what your life was like. Perhaps you'll also want to use other characters in your comic strip to introduce family members or best friends. In your comic strip have the character talk or think about the important parts of your life that you want to share with others.
Travel to A Mysterious Place
MAKE BELIEVE you could travel to a mysterious land, planet or star. What is your character thinking or saying as it begins traveling on its trip – such as its hopes, e
xpectations? What strange things or creatures does your character see or encounter in this mysterious land? Have your character comment on what it sees or encounters or engage in a conversation with a person, creature or animal it encounters. This can be in the form of greetings, dialogues, jokes, questions, or have the mysterious creature talk about its life. Have them react to one another – for example, they can comment on their appearance, they can talk about their favorite foods or customs. They can talk about real life concerns, too, such as living with bullies, loneliness, loss, problems on their minds.
Making Wishes Come True
MAKE BELIEVE you could have three wishes come true. What would they be? Select a character who makes a wish. In a talk balloon, have your main character explain to another why this wish was made and what it means to him or her. You can have this other character react to or comment on the main character’s wish selection or even express its own wish that it would like to see come true.
A Day at Work
MAKE BELIEVE that you're at the office. Your boss is talking to the staff and you have the power to read the hidden thoughts and daydreams of your co–workers as the boss speaks. Choose a character to be the boss who is speaking to office workers. What are his or her words? Place thought balloons over people’s heads and in them write their secret thoughts or place the image that corresponds to their thoughts. If you wish, you could also use talk balloons to have office workers respond to the boss’ words.
A Day at School
MAKE BELIEVE that you're in school. Your teacher is talking to the students in your class, and you have the power to read the hidden thoughts and daydreams of your fellow students as the teacher lectures. Choose a character to be the teacher who is speaking to students. What are his or her words? Now, what is going on in students’ heads? Place thought balloons over students’ heads and in them write their secret thoughts. If you wish, you can use talk balloons to have students respond to teacher’s words.
Write a Love Story
MAKE BELIEVE you could tell a beautiful love story. How would it go?
A New Fairy Tale
MAKE BELIEVE you’re retelling a favorite fairy tale. How would you change the story?
Create a Song
MAKE BELIEVE you could write a poem or sing a song to someone. What are the things you’d want to say? Who would you say them to, and how would they react?
MAKE BELIEVE you could speak to someone you thought was lost to you forever. What are the words you would use? How would that other person react?
MAKE BELIEVE you thought of the words to heal all people. What are the words your character would use?
A Fun Party
MAKE BELIEVE you could throw the most fun party in the world. Where would it be? Whom would you invite? Or, maybe your party turns into a disaster. What happens?
Dealing with Bullies
MAKE BELIEVE you could defend yourself effectively from a bully or someone who acts badly to you. What are the words you would say to this person? What comeback would you have after someone tries to embarrass you?
Finding Your Courage
MAKE BELIEVE you could be bold and brave for a day. Just what great deeds would you do? How would you change?
A New Identity
MAKE BELIEVE you could transform yourself into the person you always wanted to be. Who would that be, and what would that person be like?
Pass It On
MAKE BELIEVE you could pass on a message to a person, and that person passes the message on to another person, and that person to another, and so on. How would the original message keep changing?
- Documenting your family’s adventures and special moments
- Highlighting key family traditions and rituals
- Autobiographical comics of family members (pick a character to represent you and talk about your life story)
- A family vacation adventure
- Family recipes for your favorite dishes
- A comic strip about things for which you are grateful
- Comics to celebrate important family occasions, such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries or graduations
- Hopes and dreams of family members
- A comic strip to illustrate a family problem and possible solutions
- A daily comic diary, with each day’s comic strip created by a different family member. To help you with this, go to our DAILY COMIC DIARY page. Maybe the comic illustrates something funny or special that happened at school or work or something new that you learned or thought of today.
- A comic about family sayings that have been handed down over the generations
- A comic about home remedies
- Family superstitions
- How do we prepare for and celebrate special holidays, such as Christmas, Chanukah, Easter, Three Kings Day, Ramadan, Passover; what special foods do we eat or do we fast?