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It’s a dark and dangerous place out there for educators. The kind of place that needs a hero; a champion. Someone ready at a moment’s notice to swoop in and save the day with courage, strength, and supplemental educational materials.
Suddenly, in the dead of the night (or, like, right after lunch one day), there came a desperate cry (maybe it was a polite email) from somewhere in New York.
“Help! My middle schoolers want more superhero content! Oh, won’t somebody save me!”
Wasting nary a second, the Britannica editors leapt into action. Their special powers of lightning-quick research and laser-focused curriculum standards combined in a daring plan to craft the perfect weapon: the brand new superheroes at a glance entry available at the middle school level in Britannica School.
Within it are inscribed these prophetic words: “Superheroes have roots in the semi-divine heroes of myth and legend. Heroes with extraordinary strength, fighting abilities, and cunning are commonplace in sacred religious writings and early literature alike.”
“Comic strips of the early 20th century provided the perfect visual medium for the development of heroic characters,” it reads. “Superheroes proved to be an enduring addition to popular culture, eventually spreading to radio, film, television, and electronic games.”
In addition to this new primer on all things superhuman, middle and high school students can now explore the Marvel and DC universes with new profiles on the heroes Superman, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Daredevil, and Elektra.
Biographies of Marvel creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby also join the ranks, as well as expansions and updates to the continuing adventures of the popular characters Black Panther, the Avengers, Wonder Woman, and more.
Whether you need a buy in for students hesitant to engage with literature and research or just want a fresh angle for an existing lesson, pop culture topics like graphic novels and films offer endless opportunities to explore modern storytelling.
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