This is a lesson on the history of Superman as a hero, and was originally used with students who had some background on the Hero's Journey and traditional concepts of heroes (in a literature class focused on heroes), although it could easily be modified to be a more general overview, or to include instruction on those concepts! This lesson could also be modified for use in an arts classroom with a graphic arts focus or even for use in a cultural unit of US history.
The lesson covers:
- Historical imitations of Superman
- Focus on Metro Man from "Megamind" (2010 film) as satire
- The multiple incarnations of Superboy
- Female variations of Superman, with a focus on gender and female agency
- Includes several discussion questions at the end relating the lesson to other concepts of heroism (which can be easily modified depending on your students' knowledge)
The PowerPoint (22 slides) that accompanies the lecture notes is largely image-based, so that the instructor can give verbal information with the images as support, rather than have students copy from the slides directly. It also includes video from the 2010 movie "Megamind," which portrays many elements of the hero (and satirizes Superman through Metro Man's character).
The four pages of lecture notes are formatted to be easy to follow while speaking. They are NOT comprised of complete sentences, and some background research may be necessary before teaching this lesson in order to answer possible student questions and go as in-depth as you would like to on the topics presented.
Be cautioned that the PowerPoint file is very large due to the video clips, so it may take a while to download, and it generally cannot be emailed due to size. However, I have never had an issue saving it to a small USB drive.
Created for Ms Moore's English Classroom