Air Quality Health Index classroom kit, grades 5 and 6, environment: chapter 11

Comic Strip Assignment

Use a comic strip to show your understanding of the environmental effects of renewable and/or non-renewable sources of electrical energy. Bring the scene to life using dialogue, poses, and emotions. Think about how this affects you and/or your community. Reflect on how personal choices ultimately impact the environment. You can make up your own characters or use the Clean Air Heroes.

You must include:

  • A single or multi-frame comic strip;
  • Character(s) with dialogue or thought bubbles;
  • Appropriate language and illustrations;
  • Proper spelling, grammar, and usage.

Comics featuring superheroes have been used for social causes for over 70 years.

Political and cultural history has helped shape the course of comics. In the 1930s, the superheroes were rebels and vigilantes. In the World War II era, patriotic heroes were developed. Heroes such as Wonder Woman served as role models for children, encouraging donations for the war effort.

Since then, superheroes have gained prominence in raising awareness about the dangers of drugs, guns, and land mines. The superhero comic characters were chosen to help deliver the message about clean air.

Assessment Criteria

Identifies at least one renewable or non-renewable source of electrical energy. /1

Critiques or supports choosing renewable and/or non-renewable resources to generate electricity, based on their environmental effects. /4

Demonstrates reflection on the content of the lesson. Ideas are creatively and carefully executed. /5

Includes character(s) with dialogue or thought bubbles. Emotions or poses are used to convey meaning. /5

Writing follows proper spelling, grammar, and usage. Illustrations are appropriate and are included as a single or multi-frame comic strip. /5


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