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Creating a graphic novel can be a daunting task without a plan, but this two-week unit offers students a step-by-step guide. After exploring some of the most popular modern day myths, students will learn to apply their understanding of archetypes to create their own original heroes and villains. They will also be challenged to identify current societal issues for their super hero to tackle such as crime, global warming, or even bullying. This narrative writing assignment demands critical thinking and creativity, and students will be quite proud of their finished product.
Throughout the course of the unit, students will be asked to:
Utilize their knowledge of narrative elements.
Apply their understanding of heroic archetypes to develop an original character.
Gain understanding of how super heroes fall into a longstanding tradition of mythmaking to address societal issues.
Use both exposition and dialogue to describe events and advance the plot.
Employ varied and descriptive language, particularly figurative devices such as onomatopoeia and hyberbole.
Demonstrate command of conventions.
Provide and receive feedback in daily peer reviews.