Looking for a fun, no prep project that integrates history, art, science, and literacy AND keeps students engaged? Your class will love this design Olympians and athletes superheroes and villains project! They will love designing a superhero or villain persona for a famous historic figure, and it will quickly become one of *your* favorite activities too. Perfect as an Olympics, end of year, or after testing activity, students think critically and work independently as they brainstorm an entire character based on a historic figure. They will first decide whether to present their figure as a hero or villain and then create their origin story, powers, accessories, nemesis, and more as they work on their design.
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- Learn about the history of superheroes and their design using the 2-page article, by watching a short video, and/or using the included PowerPoint presentation.
- Next, go over the directions for the assignment and learn about the different design elements students will use for their superheroes. Go over the included examples and rubric so students know exactly what’s expected of them.
- Students can brainstorm ideas and take notes using the research graphic organizers and list of guiding questions.
- Students will use the included templates to design a superhero or villain persona for their assigned or chosen figure. They will include information about their origin story, powers & abilities, suit, accessories, etc.
- Finally, students will share why they imagined their figure as a hero or villain and how certain symbols, colors, etc. were chosen to best represent their life, achievements, and impact on society.
- Engaging and fun activity that also requires critical thinking
- Multiple & flexible options for use with a reading, PowerPoint, video, and activity
- Integrates literacy, art, history, science, and more!
- Awesome for biography units
- Students can work independently or in groups
- Perfect for end of semester review or as a creative assessment
- Makes an awesome classroom, hallway, or bulletin board display
- Perfect for substitutes and filling multi-day gaps in your planned lessons
- Make it even more fun with a design competition!
- Superhero template for each person with & without a cape (see list below)
- 2-page article + 100% Editable PowerPoint + Optional videos about the history of superheroes and their design
- Student directions (editable) + Guiding questions + Design tips
- Research & Brainstorming graphic organizers + List of people
- 20 examples to share with students
- Teacher Tips + Grading Rubric
- Suggested websites + Extension ideas
- Blank superhero template for additional flexibility
- Billie Jean King
- Dominique Dawes
- Duke Kahanamoku
- Florence Griffith Joyner
- Greg Louganis
- Jackie Joyner-Kersee
- Jesse Owens
- Jim Thorpe
- Julie Chu
- Katie Ledecky
- Kristi Yamaguchi
- Laurie Hernandez
- LeBron James
- Lindsey Vonn
- Lionel Messi
- Lisa Leslie
- Mia Hamm
- Michael Jordan
- Michael Phelps
- Michelle Kwan
- Muhammad Ali
- Naomi Osaka
- Oscar De La Hoya
- Roger Federer
- Serena Williams
- Simone Biles
- Usain Bolt
- Vicki Draves
- Wayne Gretzky
- Wilma Rudolph
- Alex “Sonny” Sixkiller
- Andre the Giant
- Danica Patrick
- David Beckham
- Dwayne Johnson
- Fabulous Moolah
- Garry Kasparov
- Ichiro Suzuki
- Jackie Robinson
- Jeff Gordon
- Joe Louis
- Kacy Catanzaro
- Peyton Manning
- Roberto Clemente
- Steph Curry
- ? I really tried to make it work digitally, but unfortunately I never found a solution that worked well. So I’m keeping it print for now!
- ? Depending on how you do it and the amount of work time you provide in class, this project could take up to two weeks. However, it can also be done in much less time with just a few tweaks. You can find more guidance included in the teacher tips!
- ? Information about the individuals is not included. Students can use any source (textbook, video, website, etc.) or the list of suggested resources to learn about their chosen figure.
- ? Absolutely! I recommend just using the PowerPoint as a class instead of relying on the 2-page article about the history of superheroes. Going over the included examples with students will be essential!
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