1. Before class, ask students to bring a newspaper from home that has the comic section still intact. Make sure to have extras in case students forget. One comic section could be used by several students if you wish to conserve.
2. Before class, create the special graph paper and print out one copy for each student. Print out one copy of Small Graph and one copy of Large Graph (both attached). Attach the two copies together to make one sheet that is legal size (8 1/2 x 14). Print 1 copy for each student on legal size paper.
The following steps are those for the actual drawing. I have attached the scale drawing that I did to view as an example. Click the file My Drawing to look at ahead of time, or you may want to try it yourself. Many students said they couldn't do it because they couldn't draw. But this activity does not require artistic ability because they will be trying to copy the drawing, one square at a time.
3. Give each student a copy of the special graph paper that you made. They also need scissors, tape, a ruler, and the comics section of the newspaper.
4. Tell each student to pick out their favorite comic, and then cut out ONE scene, or ONE square, from that comic. The comics that are one big rectangle are usually too large.
5. Tape the comic to the small graph. Make sure to align the bottom left corner in the corner of a box in order to create a point of origin.
6. Use a ruler to draw the vertical and horizontal lines THROUGH the comic. It is like making the comic transparent so you can see the grid lines through it.
7. Number the horizontal axis and vertical axis of the comic.
8. Set up the same coordinate system on the large grid. In other words, use the same length and width that is used for the comic.
9. Start drawing the comic one square at a time. Do not let them just look at the whole picture and draw the whole thing. They should transfer one square at a time to the larger grid. Each individual square should be enlarged to the larger one. It is usually easier to develop a system, such as start at the lower left-hand corner and work your way to the upper right-hand corner.
10. When finished and happy with the sketch, color with colored pencils.