Superheroes 10/17 – God Loves, Man Kills pdf

Hi guys,

Here’s the pdf to read “God Loves, Man Kills.” god-loves-man-kills-pdf


Eventually you and your group will be presenting on how your literary theory lens applies to X-Men and GLMK. Your presentation will have four parts:

-A description/definition of the lens
-How the lens applies to the X-Men in general
-How the lens applies specifically to God Loves, Man Kills and finally
-Your conclusion

I’d like to have the presentations ready for next Thursday and Friday.

For today:

  1. Before reading GLMK with your group, read through your explainer on your literary theory lens. Ask Mr. Shulkin/Mr. Boyar for any clarifications you might need.
  2. Read part one of GLMK with your group. As you go, look for quotes/picture/ideas that you can analyze or look at through your lens.
  3. Make a plan with your group in terms of reading between now and Thursday. How far will you read? Who’s looking for what aspects of your presentation?

Superheroes 10/16 – Plato’s ring allegory

We’re still talking about allegory. Today we read Plato’s allegory about the ring of Gyges. Before reading we went over four reading strategies to use when reading something dense and difficult:

1) Chunk and summarize

Draw lines after paragraphs (or groups of short paragraphs) and as you read pause to write a short summary in the margins after each chunk

2) Bracket and dig

If/when you get stuck, embrace the confusion. Mark what section lost you with [brackets] and figure out what the problem is. Do you not understand some of the words? Is the tone different than before? Is someone else speaking and you missed the quotation marks? Is the sentence really long and you’re having trouble following their thoughts?

3) Highlighting and underlining

Sometimes just the act of moving or doing something active helps us focus. Use a highlighter (or pen) to go over the paper. Don’t worry so much about what you’re underlining, but rather why you are underlining (an interesting sentence or idea, a word or phrase you like, something unexpected).

4) Organize key terms

Skim the document the first time and figure out what ideas or words are most important. Put them in boxes on a sheet of paper, and as you come across them in the reading fill in your boxes with quotes/ideas/summaries/questions

For tomorrow, answer these three questions:

  1. What is the story of the ring an allegory for?
  2. Do you agree with Plato’s characterizations of human nature?
  3. Which reading strategy did you choose, and how helpful was it?

Here’s the text: Plato’s ring

Superheroes 3/27 – Researching for your presentations

Last week we worked on our presentations which will be on Thursday and Friday. Here’s the rubric: Lit theory rubric XMen
Here’s my example presentation: new-historicism-and-xmen
Here are the explainer sheets: Lit theory presentation rubric and supplies for SoS
Here’s the pdf of the book: god-loves-man-kills-pdf

Remember, we’re trying to use only solid sources: do your best to use use Google Scholar (don’t forget to use the advanced search) or another database search (Jstor, Academic OneFile) to find journals or book excerpts for your presentation. Divide up the work among your group! There are four parts to the presentation.


Superheroes 3/20 – Othering

Today in class we talked about “othering” – alienating a person or group of people because of the perception that they’re fundamentally different. You already have an idea about X-Men as a modern day allegory, so now we’re looking at whether or not people today are using the same techniques today as we see in the book.

First, we went over the homework questions from yesterday.

Then we watched the old Twilight Zone episode “Monsters are Due on Maple Street,” which you can find here if you missed it:

We talked about how this episode connects to othering, and what it might’ve been an allegory for when it was broadcast in 1951. Then, we took those same questions and applied it to our X-Men book, especially after talking about this Marvel advertisement for X-Men from the 1980s:

No homework tonight, but make sure you have some idea in your head about how we’re seeing othering and allegory in X-Men.

Superheroes 3/17 – Allegory and starting X-Men: God Loves Man Kills

Today we talked more about allegory. Allegory is a story that uses symbols to create a story with a political or social moral. In cases like the book Animal Farm, allegory allows an author to bring up a complicated idea in an easily digestible (or even hidden) manner.

We watched two film clips that illustrated how the animosity between humans and mutants in X-Men can be allegorical to racism/segregation and gay rights:


After, we started reading God Loves, Man Kills. Over the weekend, please read chapters 1 & 2. god-loves-man-kills-pdf (page 29 of the pdf).

For Monday, use evidence from class, Plato’s Ring story, and/or the book that turns God Loves, Man Kills (or its characters) into an allegory for modern times. Where do you see connections between the book and our world?