The Grade 3 students at Jackman Avenue Junior Public School in Toronto, Ontario gathered the stories through personal interviews, then wrote the scripts and designed the comics’ backgrounds and avatars using a program called Pixton. The stories were gathered through personal interviews, and the comic background was designed using Pixton, an online comic-maker.
One of the student, Adya Bhartia, decided to interview a close family friend who she calls Aunt Ludivine, and made her comic about the process of the assignment coming together. “It was more like a fun time I had on my hands, interviewing people and I love making Pixton comics and I like writing stuff,” Bhartia told CTV News. Bhartia felt as though creating the comic was a learning experience for her and discovered she had some similarities to her subject, because she too is an immigrant. “My favourite thing about Canada was the really kind people. The people who are really polite, try and help you. I really like that, and my aunt also liked the same,’ Bhartia said. Bhartia’s teacher, Ian Lawrence, was surprised that students approached the assignment in different ways.
“One student, Adya, she went with making a comic about the whole process of making the comic, very meta, which is really cool,” he added.
“Another student just did a whole story from the perspective of his grandfather from Yugoslavia all the way to the process of immigrating to becoming a Canadian citizen. Very different process, but very cool comic as well.”
Lawrence himself made a comic as an example to his students. The comic was about his mother’s immigration journey from Macau, to Hong Kong and then to Canada where she worked as a Public Health nurse.
Lawrence also made a comic about his mother’s immigration story as example for students. The comic was about his mother’s immigration journey from Macau, to Hong Kong and then to Canada where she worked as a Public Health nurse. “I wanted to show the students you never know who in your community is from another country and what story they brought with them to come to Canada,” said Lawrence.
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