I recently stumbled upon a website that inspired me to create a language activity for my upper middle and high school students. SP-Studio is a website that lets you create caricatures “South Park Style”. Now I realize that South Park is adult-humor, and I have no intention of encouraging my students to watch the show, but the reality os that most are familiar with the characters and many watch the show. This website is engaging and motivating AND can be used to target many language skills. Here’s how:
- After directing students to go to the website, students can click on the “Menu Guy” to begin.
- On the blank template, students can click on any element of their character to customize. I love that you can modify the place/ setting!
- If students would like to delete or change an item, they can click on their character’s element. This will bring up a window which will allow changes.
- Text can be added with the “text” option. Text can also be customized by color, size and font! After clicking “OK”, the text will be added to the photo, but can be moved by clicking on the text and using the arrow to place it wherever decided.
- Final pictures can be saved as a jpg by clicking on the disc icon.
Here are some ideas of how to use in Speech Therapy:
- Have students make a “mini me”. When completed they can describe their character. Since the program allows additional “stuff” to be added, students can describe their favorite animals, food, music, toys and sports. (NOTE: please monitor when students are adding “stuff” as there are many items that might be inappropriate.)
- Place the caricatures on a bulletin board and have students guess who the characters represent.
- Have students create caricatures from literature or history lessons. They can include information about the character or a famous quote.
- Tracee Orman has a Back-to-School freebie that includes drawing templates and a grading rubric when creating South Park caricatures. You can check it out at her TPT store here.