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Is Superman Really All That Super? Critically Exploring Superheroes
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Four 60-minute sessions|
Long Beach, California
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
Books from the Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey (Scholastic)
Books from the Ricky Ricotta series by Dav Pilkey (Scholastic)
John Henry by Julius Lester (Dial Books, 1994)
Swamp Angel by Anne Isaacs (Dutton Children's Books, 1994)
Davy Crockett Saves the World by Rosalyn Schanzer (HarperCollins, 2001)
Big Jabe by Jerdine Nolen (HarperTrophy, 2003)
Golem by David Wisniewski (Clarion Books, 1996)
- Computers with Internet access and printing capability
- Overhead projector and transparencies
- LCD projector (optional)
- My Favorite Superheroes
- Our Favorite Superheroes
- Traits of Superheroes From Books
- Guiding Questions for Exploring Superheroes
- Exploring Superheroes Chart
|1.||Before teaching this lesson, make sure your students are familiar with the idea of character traits and character development in stories. You may want to teach "Inferring How and Why Characters Change" or "Charlotte is Wise, Patient, and Caring: Adjectives and Character Traits."
|2.||Obtain and familiarize yourself with one or two of the books from Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants or Ricky Ricotta series. Choose one of these books to share with students during Session 3.
|3.||Obtain five or six copies of each of the following books:
|4.||Make copies of My Favorite Superheroes, Traits of Superheroes From Books, Guiding Questions for Exploring Superheroes, and the Exploring Superheroes Chart for each student in the class. Make some extra copies of the chart for groups to use in Session 4 (see Step 9). Make a transparency of Our Favorite Superheroes and Traits of Superheroes From Books.
|5.||If you do not have classroom computers available, reserve one session in your school's computer lab (see Session 4).