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Superhero Lesson Plan
Transcript of Superhero Lesson Plan
What Is a Superhero?
Timeline in American History
1.1 Recognize strategies used by the media to inform, persuade, entertain, and transmit culture.
d. Include information on all relevant perspectives and consider the validity and reliability of sources.
2.2 Deliver oral reports on historical investigations:
a. Use exposition, narration, description, persuasion, or some combination of those to support the thesis.
b. Analyze several historical records of a single event, examining critical relationships between elements of the research topic.
c. Explain the perceived reason or reasons for the similarities and differences by using information derived from primary and secondary sources to support or enhance the presentation.
To analyze the role that superheroes have played in the U.S. throughout history, and how they affect the American identity
The American Identity
Divide into groups of 6. Each group will be tasked to analyze a superhero based on given documents. You will then present your findings to the class. Each group member will be graded based on their speaking skills, so be sure to allow each member an opportunity to speak.
Role in American Culture
History of America
"American History." History.com. A&E Television Networks, 1996. Web. 02 June 2013.
Au, James. "Superheroes: Under The Mask." Web log post. Popular Culture. Wordpress, 28
Feb. 2011. Web. 24 May 2013.
"Comic Books in the Classroom." New York Times. New York Times, 3 Jan. 2008. Web. 06
Coogan, Peter. The Secret Origin of the Superhero: The Emergence of the Superhero Genre
in America from Daniel Boone to Batman. Austin: MonkeyBrain, 2006. Print.
Emmons, Robert A., Jr. "Modernism and the Birth of the American Super-Hero." Sequart
Research & Literary Organization. N.p., 16 Oct. 2005. Web. 05 June 2013.
Goulart, Ron. Comic Book Culture: An Illustrated History. Portland, Or.: Collectors, 2000.
Honeycutt, Mimi. "Superheroes Play Elemental Role in Culture | Daily Trojan." Daily Trojan.
University of Southern California Daily Trojan, 20 Oct. 2011. Web. 24 May 2013.
Johnson, Jeffrey K. Super-history: Comic Book Superheroes and American Society, 1938 to
the Present. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012. Print.
Sibaja, Rwany. "Comic Books in the History Classroom." Comic Books in the History
Classroom. N.p., 9 July 2011. Web. 05 June 2013.
Su•per•he•ro (soo’per hîr’o) n., pl. -roes.
A heroic character with a selﬂess, pro-social mission; with superpowers—extraordinary abilities, advanced technology, or highly developed physical, mental, or mystical skills; who has a superhero identity embodied in a codename and iconic costume, which typically express his biography, character, powers, or origin (transformation from ordinary person to superhero)
Achilles Slays Hector,
by Peter Raul Rubens
Inspired by the
Samson and Delilah,
Based on the biblical narrative
Samson and Delilah
Top Left: Thor
Top Right: Loki
1938 - 1950
Golden Age of Comic Books
(Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, and Captain America)
Silver Age of Comic Books
(Iron Man, Spiderman, Flash, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men)
1970s - 1985
Bronze Age of Comic Books
(Spiderman, Green Lantern, X-Men, and the Teen Titans)
1985 - Present Day
Modern Age of Comic Books
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
Always striving for more
Sense of Justice
Lack of Trust in Government
Reflect the contemporary ideals of American society
Respond to conflict in an idealistic and unrealistic way; serve as an escape from reality
Serve as moral role models for American individuals
1600's-new opportunity, freedom, Puritanism
1700's-independence, democracy, Enlightenment ideals
1800's-industrialization, expansion, capitalism
1920's-U.S. becomes great economic power; Jazz Age, prosperity
1940's-WWII; U.S. becomes world superpower; start of Cold War
1950's-start of Vietnam war
1960's-counterculture, Space Race
1970's-"Me" decade, anti-government, Civil Rights
1980's-technological development, MTV