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The Ultimate Guide to Being a Superhero

Beery, Barbara (Author)
Jorden, Brooke (Author)
Miles, David (Author)
Harvey, Jeff (Illustrator)
Familius 2016. 160 pages
First published: 2016
ISBN: 9781942934455 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 641
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

character, dialogue, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This exhaustive and entertaining superhero guide includes recipes, crafts and maps, as well as crucial information on villains, disguises, strategies and insider tips.

Each creative and often humorous page contains multiple elements such as illustrations, photos, lists, text, diagrams and workout routines. One page includes detailed instructions on how to make a periscope using cardboard and mirrors. Another has cut-out fake identity cards. Recipes include Secret Identity Sandwiches, Dinner in Disguise and a Mystery Message Cake.

The text, at once sophisticated and comprehensive, reads like non-fiction: “The alien invaders classification comprises any type of creature that originates from outside the earth’s own atmosphere. Oddly enough, they are often humanoid in appearance, though their special abilities (laser breath, advanced technology, and extra tentacles) make them especially tricky foes.”

The style and palette of the computer-generated illustrations vary according to theme. Some pages feature detailed portraits of villains, others offer how-to diagrams, such as how to make jump-enhancing boots. Actual photos show portraits of boys and girls wearing homemade masks or a mind control prevention helmet. Villains and superheroes appear as both males and females—when they are in human form, of course.

Full of activities, crazy ideas, wacky facts and stimulating visuals, this guide is an invaluable reference for those pursuing the noble profession of superhero.

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    Make a class list of what you know about superheroes. What are some of their physical traits, preoccupations and pastimes?

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    Explore a variety of superhero books. Write an inventory list of names, causes, gear and gadgets, moves and manoeuvres.

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    As a group, do a structures and features walk. In your opinion, which ones are most effective in making the book engaging?

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    Create your own superhero identity, both civilian and hero. Choose a new name, outfit and cause. Choose gear and gadgets appropriate to the way you want to treat your villains. Describe specific moves and manoeuvres that will be helpful in your quest. What types of villains are you up against?

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    As a class, brainstorm and list what you know about superheroes. Compare your information with that portrayed in the book. See page 152 to discuss qualities of superheroes.

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    Explore a variety of superhero books to discuss the heroes’ names, causes, gears and gadgets, moves and manoeuvres, as well as the villains.

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    Create your own superhero identity, both civilian and hero. Choose a new name, outfit and cause. What types of villains are you up against? Choose gears and gadgets appropriate to the way you want to treat your villains. Describe specific moves and manoeuvres that will be helpful in your quest.

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    Create a comic strip, slideshow or short film to portray your superhero in action. Add a sidekick and work in pairs.

  • To adopt effective work methods
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To cooperate with others
  • To solve problems
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Media Literacy
  • Drama
  • Physical Education and Health
  • Science and Technology
  • Visual Arts