Comic books or Graphic novels (if you are snooty) are arguably one of America’s only indigenous art forms. How we as teachers and educators don’t take this powerful and wonderful method of storytelling more seriously as both legitimate and as an educational tool, I’ll never understand.
The Dark Knight Returns (alternatively titled Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) is a 1986 four-issue comic book miniseries starring Batman, written by Frank Miller, illustrated by Miller and Klaus Janson, and published by DC Comics.
The Dark Knight Returns tells an alternative story of Bruce Wayne, who at 50 years old returns from retirement to fight crime and faces opposition from the Gotham City police force and the United States government. The story introduces Carrie Kelley as the new Robin and culminates with a confrontation against Superman.
This is teaching materials for the graphic novel “The Dark Knight Returns” which is a classic. The assessments included vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking questions, and recall or comprehension questions on one sheet. These questions come in the forms of a mixture of matching, short answer, and multiple-choice. By completing this sheet the student will demonstrate an understanding of the material on multiple levels.
Normally I would integrate creative art worksheets into the unit. However since this is a graphic novel, I am asking students to create four-panel comics that answer a critical thinking question, there is space for the answer to be expounded on in a more traditional way, but this should help to engage different learning types.
As an optional activity, there is BATGO (Bingo) game for test review fun.
The Materials Provided
8 Worksheet (2 for each book)
1 Test Review
1 BATGO (bingo) test review game
1 Answer Keys
NOTE: I have decided to include the Word Documents that the PDFs are created from so that if you would like to customize the unit for your classroom you can. However, I have used formatting and custom fonts that are not standard with many versions of Microsoft office. This may mean that opening them with a different version of office or without the same fonts installed will throw the formatting off. If so it may take some work to adapt them in your class. I am including them as an extra and would ask that I am not rated on the usability of the Word Docs. Since they are not the finished product, but an extra.