Factoring quadratics is an important concept in math and is sometimes not the most exciting concept to teach. When I was teaching in Memphis, my students were reading American Born Chinese by Gene Yang and I was directed to his online comic that was dedicated to factoring. The idea of incorporating festered in my mind for few years and I last year I decided to incorporate the comic into my unit on factoring.
I would encourage you to explore Factoring with Mr. Yang for a few minutes before reading the rest.
I give my students guided reading-I am attaching the condensed file below. The night before we start the unit (I did give this after they finished the test before it...I may change that this year) I had my students click through tabs: Introduction, 1, and 2 while completing the worksheet. The next night they complete lesson 3 and the following night lesson 4.
My students did enjoy the activity. I mean, it makes factoring more interesting and your teacher is asking you to read a comic for homework.
Educator who loves math and working with students.