Objective: Understand how modern superheroes come straight out of old folklore – some dating back thousands of years.
Classwork: See the connections between these modern superheroes and the folklore/legends and mythology that they came from. Go to this link for the material: https://didwedoanythinginenglish.wordpress.com/category/superheroes/
-John Henry/Steel (ask Shulkin for this one)
-Golem & The Hulk/The Thing
-Hippolyta/Amazons & Wonder Woman
Homework: Now that we’ve studied superheroes with clear connections to old stories, what about popular heroes without a clear connection to history? We’ll use Batman as an example.
-Read the Supergods selection on Batman and answer this one question: where does Batman come from? Use evidence from the source text as well as things you know from the comics, movies, tv shows, etc. This should be about a page due Monday.
Creative Writing group:
Read through short pieces of fiction and non-fiction, keeping in mind these central questions:
-What is the purpose of fiction? Why are people attracted to it?
-What is the purpose of non-fiction? Why are people attracted to it?
-What do these pieces of “good writing” all have in common, even if they seem very different from one another?
Pieces to read:
-“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson (fiction)
-“In Cold Blood” excerpt by Truman Capote (non-fiction)
-“The Conversation” by Jonathan Mitchell, Ed Herbstman and Melanie Hoopes
(Listen here: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/462/own-worst-enemy?act=2#play and follow along with a transcript here: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/462/transcript (Scroll down))
Reflection #1 – For Monday, answer the questions above. Generally speaking, why are these pieces “successful” in terms of what fiction and non-fiction should do, and how can any parts of these pieces inform your own writing for the next month?