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When pondering logic projects, I found a lot of elementary school “create your own math books” based on If You Give a Mouse a Cookie plus some comic strip projects that incorporated other aspects of logical propositions (antecedent, consequent, inverse, converse, and contrapositive). I added a rubric for design, captions, and presentation.

Comic Strip Project

I used my coworker’s copy of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie to introduce the project to my 12th grade classes (many of whom remembered it fondly from childhood). Oddly enough, the students liked being read to! I also started a comic to explain how events could be linked in a logical chain.

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Logic_comic_strip_on_StripGenerator.I crowdsourced for comic book generators on Facebook because the only comic strip generator I know is Bitstrips. One friend suggested StripGenerator. I’m glad he did, because Bitstrips was not accessible on our school’s computers, and the iPhone app didn’t easily lend itself to creating multiple-frame comics. A student did use the iPhone app, but she ended up having to put six frames into a collage with another app. StripGenerator also allowed students to save their comics as image files and easily upload them to JupiterGrades.

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peetakatnissSome students wanted to make their comics by hand, and I allowed them to do this provided that they took a picture of their comics as backup.

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Most Common Mistakes:
1) Forgetting to turn in design sheets
2) Not creating a circular chain
3) Missing transitions between panels (not having the next frame’s antecedent be the consequent of the previous)

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