This resource helps secondary teachers develop media literacy across the curriculum and features a CD-ROM that contains examples of high-quality student work drawn from case studies.
Chapter 2: Designing Superheroes: Cultural Functions of Comicstrip Literacy
Designing Superheroes: Cultural Functions of Comicstrip Literacy
In this chapter we will propose some of our reasons for teaching comics and superheroes. We want to look at them through three stages of the Year 8 (12–13 year-olds) comics course at Parkside, reflecting on three examples of work by students. In the course of this, we want to consider the cultural value of comics and their place in the literacy curriculum; the nature of the literacies involved in understanding and making texts which employ the superhero metaphor; and the way this kind of media production can allow for playful experimentation with social identities.
First, however, we will describe the course at Parkside.
Superheroes in Year 8
The course at Parkside has been running ...