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The New Path of the Buddha

School: High Tech High School

City/State: San Diego, CA

Grade(s): 12

Format(s): Comic book/graphic novel

Subject(s): English Language Arts, Social Studies, Visual Arts

Project Overview

After analyzing the path of the Buddha in Siddhartha, students at High Tech High School in San Diego, California created new stories of Siddhartha in the context of a different time period and location as part of an English and Art Senior Project.

In order to write a well-prepared and historically accurate story, the students created design maquettes and storyboards, which are featured in this book. The design maquettes gave students a chance to research and identify historically accurate signs of the times to include in their stories. Each storyboard is composed of twenty to thirty vignettes that portray the actions in their story outline.

The design maquettes and the storyboards were created using source images to trace, scan and digitally color in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. Both of these products were used as references to assist the students during the writing process.

The storyboards were exhibited at the Bird Rock Coffee Roasters and the La Jolla Light published an article on the exhibition.  The book can be purchased here.

How This Project Can Be Useful

  • Highlights a unique combination of literature, history and art
  • Uses artistic renderings both for the stories and for introductory materials in each entry
  • Demonstrates how format can shape the writing process
  • Beautifully formatted and includes appealing and colorful graphics
  • Each entry follows a common format that also allows for a high degree of creativity

Relevant Resources

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can write narrative texts about real or imagined experiences using well-chosen details and effective event sequences.
  • I can produce clear and coherent writing appropriate to task, purpose and audience.
  • I can use technology to produce, publish, and update writing products in response to ongoing feedback, new arguments, and new information.
  • I can synthesize multiple sources on a subject.
  • I can use correct capitalization, punctuation and spelling.
  • I can use resources to build my vocabulary.
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