Comic book heros teaching civic principles
I don’t think my daughter would mind me telling you that she loves Marvel Comics. I also don’t think she is the only kid out there that loves Marvel Comics. Or DC Comics. Or the X-Men. O superheroes in general.
A lot of your kids are huge into comic books and graphic novels. I’ve said it many times, most recently regarding the Hunger Games series:
Some suggest that we shouldn’t have to use pop culture to teach social studies. I disagree. I will use pretty much whatever it takes to engage kids in content. And if the relationship between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale hooks students into a better understanding of civic and geographic concepts, we ought to be all over it.
The same thing can be said about the whole Marvel Comic world. It just seems like a great way to integrate reading and writing skills into your instruction. But I haven’t played in that world enough to put ideas and lessons and materials together so they can be used in the classroom.
The good news?
Quinn Rollins has.
Quinn is the social studies guru for a district in the Salt Lake City area and has spent serious time putting together some very cool stuff. I ran into Quinn over the weekend and he was kind enough to share some of his goodness. Take my word for it. He’s got lots of things you need to look at.
Because we ought to be using whatever it takes.