You know that Alice Cooper song – School’s Out? That’s how I am getting to feel here, since the semester is *almost* done. With that said, I am excited about the second half of the summer session because, as always, I get to teach ENC 1101, which is the basic freshman comp class where they get to write relatively creative papers. I am pumped because this time, they are going to write about superheroes.
Now, I am trying to flesh out this idea but mainly, I want to talk about the nature of superheroes and villains and then their moral codes, or at least their modus operandi. I will be making a powerpoint in which we discuss different heores and villains and what they’re after. For example, the main reason Lex Luthor does anything is to acquire land. When you boil it all down, that’s his ultimate goal. Similarly, we all know what Batman’s main purpose is but one of his key features is that he never uses guns. These will all play into part of their assignment in which they must explore their alter-ego hero or villain and justify their purpose. I want to do character sheets in which they really flesh out their personas.
Furthermore, I really want to show movie clips to try and integrate some of the aspects of heroes/villains and also, the iconography we put onto such figures in popular culture. If you have any ideas about this, I would be utterly grateful! I am pumped about this paper because I think they’re going to love it a whole lot. The guys will love it because um, comics, bad guys, and maybe some hot girls in tight outfits. Some of the girls might be turned off but eh, I’ll show ’em some Nightwing prancing about in his awesome outfit and they might jump on board as well.