The Super Hero Project target language: can, have, introductions, 3rd person singular
The Supers are back! This project allows students the chance to guess at the powers of certain superheroes, report on a superhero from their country and then create a superhero of their choice. They will describe the superhero (his or her powers and characteristics,) where they live, what they like, don't like, weaknesses, secret identities, etc.
The target language for this activity is:
can - for ability
have - for description
language for introduction
3rd person singular
advanced - comparative, superlative and past tense narratives
Time: The project can be done quickly in a single lesson or spread out as small parts over 3 or 4 lessons. It also depends on how far you wish to go with the project. I choose to spread it out and give students time to process the information and make changes.
The Project Downloads: the Supers Project file the word .doc for reporting back heroic information
If you need them I have superpower flash cards and a handout
pictures and info taken with permission from HeroicImages.net
Projects Completed and Submitted:
Here is the activity as described in the project file:
Materials to prepare:
- 4 large pictures of Spiderman, Superman, the Flash, and the Green Lantern from this file
- one printout of the 6 character comparison sheet for each group from this file
- enough of the "choose your superhero sheets" as required from this file
- final draft sheet for each group from this file
- Show the 4 large pictures as introduction. Start with Superman and Spiderman as the students are likely to know about them.
- Ask questions as to who they are and what they can do. Talk about their characteristics.
- Show the pictures of the Green Lantern and the Flash. Ask the same questions but dig for some speculation. Offer some possible suggestions of super powers.
- Use the flash cards from MES-English to describe various superpowers if necessary
- Ask about the students favorite superheroes or superheroes from their country and what they can do
- Give out the 6 character comparison sheet to each group, ask them to choose 2 superheroes, guess what their super powers might be, and write them in. Have the groups present their ideas to the class.
(For more advanced students have them compare the 2 they chose.)
- Tell them the true information for each character. See heroic information
- Write-up a sheet as a class or in groups about a famous superhero or several superheroes from your country. This is the most interesting to others and the most important to the project.
- Give out the "choose your superhero sheets" as needed and have the students choose one of the characters and decide upon the name, decide upon the superpowers, choose whether their superhero is a good guy or bad guy, and describe the characteristics of their superhero.
- Have the students write up their reports on the sheet provided pasting their superhero's picture in the square provided. Once finished they can present their superhero to the class. Display their write-ups in the classroom.
(For more advanced students have them compare the 2 they originally chose with their superhero.)
- describe the last battle or episode of their superhero and create a story.
- try to find out the true information for their character and write up a report. You can also have them write up a report comparing their fantasy character with the original. The characters came from the Justice League Unlimited and Teen Titans cartoons. Here is web site where you can get plenty of information HeroicImages.net
- Use the word doc. file to write up their reports and send them into MES-English.com v_keypals@ mes-english.com for everyone to use and share. If you can attach pictures of the students that would be great as well. I will post completed projects from around the world on the web site but first names only.