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Visions TRB, Book B, Unit 5 Lesson Plan          Copyright © Heinle

Unit 5  Communication

Chapter 4 • The Art of Making Comic Books, by Michael Morgan Pellowski

Chapter Materials

Activity Book: pp. 177–184

Audio: Unit 5, Chapter 4

Student Handbook

Student CD-ROM: Unit 5, Chapter 4

Teacher Resource Book: Lesson Plan, p. 27; Teacher Resources, pp. 35–64; Reading Summaries,

pp. 109–110; Activity Book Answer Key

Teacher Resource CD-ROM

Assessment Program: Unit 5, Chapter 4 Quiz, pp. 81–82; Teacher and Student Resources, pp. 115–144

Assessment CD-ROM: Unit 5, Chapter 4


The Heinle Newbury House Dictionary/CD-ROM

Web Site: http://visions.heinle.com

See the Teacher’s Edition wrap-around for complete teaching suggestions for each section.

Day 1

Unit 5, Chapter 3 Quiz (Assessment Program, pp. 79–80) 20 min.

Objectives (p. 328) 5 min.

Present the chapter objectives.

Use Prior Knowledge (p. 328) 15 min.

Activate prior knowledge about comic books.

Build Background (p. 329) 5 min.

Provide the background knowledge about the history of comic books.

Homework: KWL (TRB, p. 42); Have students complete the first and second columns based on what they learned in class. Students will complete the third column at the end of the chapter.

Day 2

Check Homework 5 min.

OR Warm Up 5 min.

Write on the board: The first comic superhero was     .

Build Vocabulary (p. 329) 15 min.

Introduce using a dictionary to learn words about art.

Text Structure (p. 330) 10 min.

Present the text features of an illustrated “how-to” article.

Reading Strategy (p. 330) 10 min.

Teach the strategy of making inferences using text evidence.

Reading Selection Opener (p. 331) 5 min.

Preview the chapter reading selection.

Homework: Activity Book (p. 177)

Day 3

Check Homework 5 min.

OR Warm Up 5 min.

Write on the board: List 2 features of an illustrated how-to article.

Reading Selection (pp. 332–337) 25 min.

Have students read the selection and use the reading strategy. Teach spelling, capitalization, and punctuation points on TE pp. 332–337.

Reading Comprehension (p. 338) 10 min.

Have students answer the questions.

Build Reading Fluency (p. 338) 5 min.

Teach how to build reading fluency by doing repeated reading.

Homework: Activity Book (p. 178)

Day 4

Check Homework 5 min.

OR Warm Up 5 min.

Write on the board: True or false?

You don’t need imagination to create a comic book character.

Comic book heroes are usually like normal people.

Listen, Speak, Interact (p. 339) 15 min.

Have students explain a concept for a character.

Elements of Literature (p. 339) 15 min.

Present writing style.

Word Study (p. 340) 10 min.

Present the suffix -ian.

Homework: Activity Book (pp. 179–180)

Day 5

Check Homework 5 min.

OR Warm Up 5 min.

Write on the board:      is the way writers use language to express themselves.

Grammar Focus (p. 340) 15 min.

Present the present conditional.

From Reading to Writing (p. 341) 15 min.

Teach how to write an illustrated how-to article.

Across Content Areas (p. 341) 10 min.

Introduce related arts content on learning about art forms.

Homework: Activity Book (pp. 181–184); Have students complete the third column of the KWL chart from Day 1. Have students study for the Unit 5, Chapter 4 Quiz.

Unit 5  Communication

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