Calvin and Hobbes
Calvin may seem like a normal 6-year-old living in suburban America with his family and stuffed tiger “Hobbes”. To Calvin though, Hobbes is very much alive and his best friend and companion. Named after two philosophers, the pair is regularly immersed in deep conversations, often humorously lacking in the childlike expressions you would expect. But, just like any child, Calvin has plenty to say about his caricature-like parents, friends and distaste for homework. Described as “the last great newspaper comic”, Calvin and Hobbes is perfect for all ages!
Due to its illustrations and relatability, the comic series is great for a multitude of grades and various language levels. A wonderful way to get students talking would be discussing a comic strip with a partner at the start of a lesson. Other activities could include blanking out speech bubbles and letting students fill them in or having them draw what they think happens next. There is an endless array of possibilities, which makes comics so versatile (and fun)!
Watterson, Bill. Calvin & Hobbes. Andrews McMeel Publishing; Illustrated Edition, 1987. 128 pp., ISBN 9780836220889