Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8

Alternate Storytelling

Using Book Creator, engage students in a collaborative comic book project!

Activity Partner
Total time estimate:
30-60 minutes
Activity Objective
  • Students will work together to create a comic book with their partner class by taking turns writing and illustrating their story

This activity supports the development of the following social-emotional skills: relationship skills, responsible decision-making, self-awareness, and social awareness.


Introduce the project to students: working on a collaborative comic book with their partner class! To complete this project, one group will fill in the comic panels with photos and illustrations, but no text. Then, the other group will add captions, speech bubbles, and stickers to tell the story they think is being told. 

Coordinate with your partner educator on the project logistics, and consider the following options: 

  • One class focuses on the photos and illustrations, while the other class focuses on the text (or each class creates a book starting with the illustrations, then both classes can swap books and add text to each other’s books).
  • You might alternate these roles one page at a time, so both classes get an opportunity to add photos / illustrations and write text. 
  • You might also assign each character to different students, so they can tell the story from their perspective.

To create the book, follow these instructions: 

  1. Sign up for a free Book Creator account (if you don’t have one already).
  2. Navigate to your Teacher Dashboard and add a new library for your class.
  3. Share the invite code so your students can join the library.
  4. Click on ‘New Book’ and choose one of the comic templates on the second row.
  5. Build out your comic with panels, stickers, speech bubbles and more.

After completing your book, consider facilitating a live virtual exchange and reading the comic book aloud together! Make sure to send a copy of your book to the Empatico team as well! 

After the activity, engage students in a reflection by asking the following questions: 

  • What was your favorite part about this project? 
  • Did you encounter any challenges while working on our collaborative project? How did you overcome these challenges, or use your creativity to solve them? 
  • Did the story turn out differently than you expected? How did our collaboration shape the story?
  • How are both classes reflected in this shared project?
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