In a uniquely creative venture, kids create graphic novels and learn history at the same time.
By creating graphic novels exploring the time of the Constitutional Convention, fourth graders at Aiken Elementary School are learning about some of the most important citizens in American history, such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin.
Students in Brandee Green’s classroom have been completing eight units in various subject areas involving art, reading writing, and researching, while incorporating their activities into a study of American history.
“A graphic novel gives the children a chance for creative outlets,” said Green. “They can find the historical facts about building a government in a fun way.”
The graphic novels were fictional accounts of the Constitutional Convention, but students were required to include at least five historical facts. There was a presentation to parents when the novels were finished.
Students will continue their studies of American history through fifth grade, moving forward into the periods of the westward expansion and the Civil War