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Fantastic Characters: Analyzing and Creating Superheroes and Villains

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Fantastic Characters: Analyzing and Creating Superheroes and Villains

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Dylan Smith

Dylan Smith

Portland, Oregon


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Computers with Internet access

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Compare & Contrast Map

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Compare & Contrast Map

The Compare & Contrast Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for different kinds of comparison essays.


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  • Superheroes & Villians

    This website provides a comprehensive database of superheroes, villains, super powers, and elements pertaining to superheroes.

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  1. Look over the Superheroes & Villians, or this Characters link, in order to make decisions about which superheroes and super-villains you want to show the class on the first day.
  2. Have a computer with Internet access and projector available in the classroom to show the Superheroes & Villians site.
  3. Make an overhead transparency and copies for each student of the Compare and Contrast Graphic Organizer and Superhero/Super-Villain Profile Form.
  4. Make an overhead transparency of the Superhero/Super-Villain Sample Characteristics list.
  5. Read over the lesson thoroughly to familiarize yourself with the various concepts.

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