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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


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September 18, 2016

I have used this activity for several years. It is always a hit. I typically have them create a hero and a villain and them compare and contrast their character traits.



January 08, 2015

My students loved this lesson, for explaining direct and indirect characterization! I also teach special education and I had my students make a visual representation of their hero or villain, based on the characterizations they wrote on their outline. It really aloud them to develop the character and give depth. Super helpful, I enjoyed using it! Thank you!



August 10, 2012

Wow. I thank you tremendously! i was running through ideas and glad to see that my thoughts and your plans on characterizations matched. And helped me think in-depth on which avenue to go to to teach my subject to my summer school class. I know my kids will love this very interactive version of your plans.



April 06, 2011

Thank you so much for this post! I'm using a modified version for an anchor activity after the characterization unit test. Great lesson that will get my students thinking in a fun way, after such a lengthy test!


Cheryl Ruyle

October 25, 2010

Excellent lesson as a way to wrap up a unit on Characterization. I did this with special education seventh and eighth graders and didn't have to adapt a thing. Using this with the character Trading Card interactive is also cool, as each student can create a trading card of their super-character. The kids loved this whole project! Thanks for posting.



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