This is a lesson I designed and did several years ago and have done a few times since. I introduce Calvin and Hobbes, explain who the main characters are, and then give the students a handout with a few comics on the front. We read the comics together and I try to make sure they understand the meaning. Of course, the explanation sort of removes the humor from them, but that’s OK, because the fun part comes next.
On the back of each sheet, there is a different comic printed, one for each pair of students in class. The comic has had the wording removed from the speech bubbles, so their goal is to assess the comic, try to figure out what is happening or what the author intended, and then either write something they think fits in the bubbles, or take it in a different direction. Sometimes students ask if they can add drawings to the comic, or extra bubbles not originally there. I say sure, why not.
Here are some selections of comics that last year’s 3rd graders at Saroma Junior High did (9th graders). They’re gone and graduated now, but I’ve kept the comics they wrote, and per a request from a friend, I’ve scanned the best ones: (Images link to larger versions, and are browsable using the arrows)