Freedom City Comics presents snapshots of the history of civil rights and politics on Tyneside. Each chapter focuses on a different era of the history of people and events in Newcastle and the North East.
In addition to the free 16-page comic (https://research.ncl.ac.uk/fccomics/readthecomic/), we’ve worked with teachers to make this learning framework for KS2 and KS3. All the activities are designed as springboards for your own projects, lessons, and activities. This learning framework includes:
outlines of suggested activities
suggested links to National Curriculum KS2 and KS3, including ‘I Can…’ statements
printable resources including: storyboard templates, writing frames, archive materials, biographical factfiles
artists’ draft pages, to give young comics creators a look behind the scenes of how Freedom City Comics was made.
KS2 curriculum links include: Science, Art, Citizenship, History, Politics, Writing, Literacy, Reading, Maths, Geography, Drama, Careers, PSHE. Key Stage 2 learning framework developed by Mike Thompson and Lydia Wysocki.
KS3 curriculum links include: Media, Art, English, Modern Foreign Languages, History, Drama, PSHE, RE/Ethics, Geography, Maths. Key Stage 3 learning framework developed by Gary Bainbridge and Lydia Wysocki.
This learning framework and resources are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC). You can change this framework and share it with other people as long as you credit our project, but you can’t use it commercially. All artwork remains the copyright of the original artists.
The 7 chapters of Freedom City Comics are linked by the themes of freedom highlighted by Dr Martin Luther King Jr in his 1967 Newcastle speech:
“There are three urgent and indeed great problems that we face not only in the United States of America but all over the world today. That is the problem of racism, the problem of poverty and the problem of war…”
-Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech on Receipt of Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law, November 13, 1967, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Made as part of Freedom City 2017, our 16-page comic is a collaboration between comics artist-writers and academic researchers. Full credits and the full digital comic are available FREE to read on our project website https://research.ncl.ac.uk/fccomics/, as well as individual chapters.