Superheroes 3/10 – Essay due Monday

Hi guys,

I know we had a short class today, so just a refresher for Monday: you have that short essay due (here’s the rubric: Standard upperclassman writing rubric). You can write about Wonder Woman, Superman, or the connections we’ve found between Kingdom Come and the Book of Revelation. (There’s more information in the post from 3/7.)

Remember, you’re supposed to bring in outside sources we’ve used: the power points, the Nichols article on the Combat Myth, the Bowie article on Superman and the notes you got from the post-it note exercise we did with Superman. Choose at least one of these to bring into your essay.

On Monday we’ll wrap up Kingdom Come by looking at your posters.

Superheroes 3/9 – Thy Kingdom Come, thy will be done

Today we talked about the Lord’s Prayer (“our father, who art in heaven…”) and wondered why this book would share a title with a line from it (“Thy kingdom come, thy will be done”).

To help us with this we looked at specific chapters from the book of Revelation – the part of the bible where the messiah returns to earth and there is much blood shed in a war against Satan and his followers.

We’ll keep examining this tomorrow. Remember, your essays are now due on Monday, in case anyone would want to write about this instead of Superman or Wonder Woman.

Superheroes 3/7 – In class work

Hi everyone,

I can’t be in class today because I have a meeting, but you’ll be able to guide yourselves through the work today. (I may be back halfway through class.)

We’ve spent the last two or three days talking about how to make Superman an interesting and complex character, and today I’d like to do something similar with Kingdom Come’s other main character, Wonder Woman.

Please look through this power point on Wonder Woman’s history Wonder Woman and compare her to the WW in Kingdom Come. How has her character changed, and does the WW in the book betray or uphold the values originally instilled in this character?

For Friday, I’d like you to choose one of the two topics we’ve been looking at this week (Superman and WW) and write 1 – 2 pages coming to some kind of conclusion regarding our discussions.

(Some example topics: Is Kingdom Come a successful Superman story? Are WW/Superman unhinged, or in the right? Does the ending of Kingdom Come, where WW is pregnant, totally undo any feminist legacy that WW might have, or does it continue it? There’s also a question you can use at the end of the power point.)

Here’s the rubric we’ll be using for all shorter writing assignments for the rest of the year:  Standard upperclassman writing rubric

Superheroes 3/2 – Is Superman boring?

Today we focused exclusively on Superman. First, we talked about whether or not Superman’s superpowers make him a boring superhero. After all, if we know he can’t die, what would keep us interested in his story?

We used this power point to steer us in the right direction: superman-and-morality

Then, in groups, we read through this article by Soren Bowie that expanded on Paul Constant’s idea from the power point: hard-to-make-superman-interesting

For tonight, read chapter 4 of Kingdom Come. Come to class tomorrow ready to apply the ideas from the Soren Bowie article to the Superman of Kingdom Come. Basically, does this story get Superman right?

Superheroes 2/28 – Captain Marvel and Kingdom Come

First we talked about institutions that people have put faith in over the years, either for governance, protection, leadership etc. Your classmates came up with organizations like the Salvation Army, the United Nations, banks, the FBI, the police and others. Then we talked about which of these organizations have abused the public’s trust.

We transitioned to talking a little about Captain Marvel’s background because he becomes a major character in chapter 3 and 4. Here’s the power point: captain-marvel

For Thursday, read chapter three (it ends on page 155) and answer these two questions either in the comments or on paper:

1)Explain Billy Batson/Captain Marvel’s role in the story. Compare/contrast his response to the changing era of superheroes to Superman’s. How has Lex Luthor been able to exploit Billy for his own plans?

2) Look back at the questions from the beginning of class regarding human faith in institutions. How do those questions connect to the conversation Superman and Wonder Woman have with the UN? (Look back at page 68-69 as well.)

Don’t forget to get those permission slips to me!

Superheroes 2/17

No homework over break, but here’s what we did today:

Read to page 87. Use evidence from the text to answer these three questions:

1) There are three distinct groups in the story: the Justice League, led by Superman and Wonder Woman; the Outsiders led by Batman and the Green Arrow; and the Mankind Liberation Front, led by Lex Luthor. What are the goals of each group?

2) Why is there a “fear in the room” (Waid 70) after the Justice League gives a press conference at the United Nations?

3) Analyze the characters of Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman based on what we’ve seen up to page 87. What beliefs does each one hold regarding the use force to keep or make peace, and are these philosophies in conflict with one another?