Online Educational Comics Launched to Encourage Writing, Reading and Communication

Author/Journalist Bill Zimmerman wrote to tell us about his new project -

http://www.makebeliefscomix.com

At his site you can create your own comic strips by selecting from 10 characters with different moods. Then, you can write your own words into thought balloons or use the site’s story guides.

Mr. Zimmerman writes:

“This site can be used by educators to teach language, reading and writing skills, and also for students in English-as-a-Second-Language programs to facilitate self-expression and storytelling. Some educational therapists use it with deaf and autistic people to help them understand concepts and communicate. Parents and children can create stories together, print them to create comic books or email them to friends and family. Others will find the site a resource to be creative, calm down and have fun.”

and:

“As one who learned to read with comic books, I know that creating comic strips can help people tap into their creativity and practice their language and storytelling skills. The site is free and stems from my lifelong mission to create resources that help people find their voice and express themselves. The concept for makebeliefscomix.com is derived from my earlier books, Make Beliefs and Make Beliefs for Kids of All Ages (which can be found on my other web site: (http://www.billztreasurechest.com ). A Make Beliefs interactive feature appeared for 13 years on my syndicated Student Briefing Page for Newsday, and in National Geographic’s World Magazine.”

Mr. Zimmerman welcomes feedback. You can reach him here.

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