Ramayana Epic Hero Comic Adaptation

To complete our brief study of Valmiki’s Ramayana and of the epic hero, you’ll create a short comic strip.

Follow these steps
  1. Choose one characteristic of an epic hero and illustrate it.
  2. Choose a single moment or series of moments from The Ramayana that show this characteristic.
  3. Reread the relevant section of the story to determine what details you will need to include. The best adaptations will show evidence of reading.
  4. Once you have decided on the characteristic of the epic hero and reread that section of the text, decide which comic book layout will work best. Choose from the options available in class or go online to ComicBookPaper.com or PrintablePaper.net. Use only a single page of comic book paper (and only one side), so be sure to choose the template (or create an original one!) that is best suited to your section.

Need ideas for comic book layouts? Do a simple Google search, like this.

  • Be sure the characteristic of an epic hero is depicted clearly.
  • Show effort and care. Hand draw and color your comic book page.
  • Use speech bubbles, thought bubbles, and/or captions throughout.
  • Include a descriptive and creative title. Credit the original author (written by Valmiki) and credit yourself as the illustrator.
  • Find a rubric for this assignment here.

DUE ON MON. OCT 26 (Miss Jane will collect in my absence). IMPORTANT: Note that there is a modified schedule next week that includes Shakespeare-related activities and then time for independent reading. As always, you should meet your independent reading goals each week. At this point, most of you should be well into (if not finished) a second book.

Our next regular IR/Vocab day will be Monday, 11/2. The vocab quiz will cover words 1-25). Make sure your IR reflections are completed and weekly progress met – I will be checking your reading progress and the IR signpost reflections in your notebook due 10/26 and 11/2.

If you are interested, feel free to watch the following animated Ramayana.

Ramayana: Video Clips

The ancient epic is beloved by Hindu children. From a very young age, children are told the story of Rama and Sita. Below is just one video adaptation for children of this story.

Next are excerpts from the film A Little Princess. In the film, the main character, a little girl named Sara, tells the story of The Ramayana to her friends at boarding school. Sara had lived in India with her father, which is how she came to know and love the ancient Hindu epic.