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Teenage Mutant Hero Project

Authors: Sonya Ramirez, Nicole Hubbard

Grade: 7th

Subjects: Humanities, Math, Science

Students working on presentation materials
Group outside by mural
Group outside by mural
Group outside by mural
Student talking to group in courtyard
Students working at table
Students presenting in class
Students working a table
Students presenting in class
Drawing for Teenage Mutant Hero Project
Students working in class

What is the science behind the superheroes and villains in comic books and cartoons? Is it actually possible to allow normal people and animals to have super powers? What is normal, anyway? In math/science, students will learn about cells, DNA, heredity and genetic mutations to create a research-based scientific background of a fictional character. Using their knowledge students will then create their own superhero or super-villain and write a story in Humanities class. This is an individual project but there will be many opportunities to collaborate in groups.

What is “normal”?
What makes a hero or a villain?
What drives a character?
What is human/normal?
What are we made of?
How is DNA a “blueprint” of life?
What determines our traits?
Are mutations beneficial or harmful?

Final Products

  • Humanities
    • Character Development Thinking Map
    • Creative Writing – origin story of your character (include literary devices and the process of revision)
  • Math/Science
    • Mutation Thinking Map (1)
    • Character Top Secret File (2)
  • Visual Piece – Students will be required to complete at least ONE of the creative, visual products below. Your visual piece MUST include some learning from the required final products from each class.
    • Cover of your character’s graphic novel/comic book Example
    • A page/chapter of your character’s graphic novel/comic book
    • Artistic representation of your character’s DNA/mutation in graphic novel/comic style Example, Example 2
    • Life-size cut out of your character(s) Example, with or without photo-op Example
    • Character’s Top Secret File — turn it into beautiful digital work
    • Coding story in Scratch about your character
    • Student Choice — if you have other ideas on creating a visual representation of the things we’ve learned in this project, present your idea to your teachers

Exhibition location – San Diego Comic Art Gallery: our work will be exhibited in the gallery space and we will host an event in which we explain our work, our process and perform a portion of our origin stories.