A comic descri[tion handout for ESL learners

7 great comic description worksheets

7 Comic description worksheets

Kids and teens love comics and these 7 worksheets will get them interested in writing.

They’re perfect for writing or grammar classes and make these sometimes mundane areas a lot of fun!

Once you given the students a copy make sure to ask questions about the comic strip – not only to elicit English speaking responses but to check they have the required vocabulary for the task. Questions like “In picture 4, where is the boy?”, do they know the word barrel? Or perhaps “What is the goose doing in picture 3?” to elicit the word chase. The whole idea is to best prepare students for the writing task.

You could also show a different comic strip and give them a writing example. Alternatively you could do a comic description on the board with the whole class giving suggestions before moving onto individual writing.

Make sure students are as descriptive as possible, ask what the boy looks like, how old he is, what he is wearing, what the is weather like and anything else that comes to mind.

For strip number one above, be sure to provide words such as these before they begin writing – barrel, shoo, roll, crash, break, and chase.

Comic strip 2

This strip involves a boy digging a hole, his hat blows away and when he finally gets it back a cow eats it.

Useful vocabulary for this worksheet includes – cow, blow, fence (barbed wire), shovel, dig, and hole.

Be sure to get the students to fill in the speech bubble in the last picture. What did the boy say to the cow?

Comic strip 3

In comic strip 3 a boy decides to climb a barn roof before sliding down. He lands in a hay stack before bouncing onto a pig that takes him for a ride.

Useful words for writing about this strip are, barn, ladder, roof, hay, haystack, slide and land. The boy also says betcha ( I bet you) in the strip.

Comic strip 4

In comic strip 4, the boy puts his father’s hat on a fence and shoots at it with a bow and arrow. A stranger on the other side of the fence finds the hat and puts it on. When the hat is shot off his head he flees in terror, fearing that he is being attacked by Indians.

Useful words for students writing about this strip are, fence, bow, arrow, shoot, miss, hit, and, run away. In the strip, the boy uses the word pop (dad), while the stranger says injuns (Indians).

Comic strip 5

In strip 5 the boy is very clumsy. He trips on a rug while carrying a bottle of ink and spills it. In trying to clean up his mess he only spreads the ink further. Eventually, he takes a basket of washing and puts it on top of the stain to hide it. Finally, he sits outside behind a fence hiding, presumably from his parents.

Useful words for this comic description are, ink, rug, trip, spill, wipe, spread, stain, basket, cover and hide.

Comic strip 6

In this one the boy uses a shovel to dig up a worm. He then uses the worm as bait and goes fishing in a small pond. After catching a goldfish he throws it back. He then tells his friend he threw it back because goldfish are not made of gold.

Handy words for writing on this worksheet are – shovel, dig, worm, fishing rod, line, bait, pond, catch and throw back.

Comic strip 7

In this final strip, the boy is being very naughty. He is vandalizing things by drawing on them. First, he draws an animal and a person on a fence. Then he draws on a sign and an advertisement. A girl then comes along and tricks him into getting paint on his face before running away.

Good words for this one might be – vandal/vandalise, naughty, moustache, paintbrush, trick, fence, stick (verb) and, sign.

Make your own comic worksheets

You can easily make comic description worksheets of your own for certain classes. You may have an age group that is really into a certain comic or cartoon. Just grab a copy of said comic, cut the strips out yourself and stick them on a sheet of paper.

Your students will love it!

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