Thursday, October 1, 2009

Capes in the classroom

In posts on the Golden Age of Picture Book Biography, the importance of teaching about lesser-known figures, and the one discouraging response I've gotten from a school, I've touched on the role books like Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman (i.e. nonfiction books with a pop culture bent) can play in school.

I'm far from the only one.

I just stumbled across a battalion of lesson plans specifically about superheroes (not all of which are tied to books).

Here's a substantial one.

Here's one that starts off strong yet soon takes an alarming turn. For all the good it does in validating a topic some view as frivolous, it undermines that open-mindedness by scandalizing something of utmost innocence.

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