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Nothing to Laugh AboutUsing Comics in the ClassroomGregory Adler

adlersensei@gmail.com 1

Faster than a speeding bullet.More powerful than a locomotive.Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

Look! Up in the sky!It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Superman!

Yes, it's Superman - strange visitor from another planet who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men.

Superman - who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel with his bare hands,

And who, disguised as Clark Kent, mild mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper, fights the never ending battle for

Truth, Justice and the American Way.

Truth, Justice and the American Way.

2 Truth, Justice and the American WayFighting the battle for . 3

Nothing to Laugh AboutUsing Comics in the ClassroomGregory Adler

adlersensei@gmail.com 4

I. Comic Book History

II. True Comics: A lesson plan you can believe in!

III. Online Comic Project: Making History

IV. Comic Questions & Comic Answers (hopefully)Are you taking notes? Dont worry everythings online !

Gregory Adler

adlersensei@gmail.com 5A SHORT INCOMPLETEHISTORY Of COMIC BOOKS 6

Probably a good issue for teachers to be aware ofThough they became known as dime store novels this early one was only 5 1930s 7Superhero

Its a bird!Its a plane !NOPE ITS THE FIRST ISSUE OF SUPERMAN FROM 1938 ! 8Waiting for Soup & Superman

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121940sThe SuperheroesEnlist !Fascismnazism 13

War sells 14

As thoseSabotage Plans on the table ?Please Notethis first issue of Captain America was published inMARCH 1941 !

Several Months BEFORE 15

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171950sComic Books On Trial Senate Hearing on Juvenile DelinquencySeduction of the InnocentThe dangers of the Superman Complex ! 18

Formerly the child wanted to be like daddy ..Now they want to be like Superman, not like the hard workingfather the crime is always real and the Supermans triumph over good is unreal.Comics arose in children sadistic joy in seeing people punished over and over again.Dr. Frederic Wertham 19

20(Comic) Book Burning

21Government Not Far Behind

22Comic Book Code

23Comic Clean-up

Pre-CodeRe-printOriginalCode Change 24Comic Clean-up (cont.)

Original Code Changes

25Enforce the Code COMICS MAGAZINE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, INC.Adopted October 26, 1954

The comic-book medium, having come of age on the American cultural scene, must measure up to its responsibilities

members of the industry must see to it that gains made in this medium are not lost and that violations of standards of good taste, will be eliminated.

Therefore, the Comics Magazine Association of America, Inc. has adopted this code a landmark in the history of self-regulation for the entire communications industry.

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27Spiderman Fights Drug Use

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1960sWhat theh@#?!llItsComiX ! 29

Mr. Natural ? Could that mean.Approved by Ghost Writers in the SkyFAIR WARNING:For Adult Intellectuals only ! 301970sWomen wonder whats possibleand Comics return to old themes 31

And it was only $1 !First Issue ofMs. MagazineJuly 1972 32

Though 10 then its worth $$$$$today !Will the Golden Lasso Make Her The First President to Tell the Truth Too?That meant 2042, not 1972 but at least were getting closer 33

1942 1972 34

19421950s 35

1970s 36Shes come along way baby

Fall2012Dec.1941 371980sWhos watching the Superheroes?

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1990s & BeyondGraphic Novels Take CenterStageComic book characters move to the big screen 39The Comic Book Experiencehe takes no joy in reading it will be hard for him to develop into a life long learner

The first thing he said to me when we got back (was) that he had read it three times already. Scott (classroom teacher) 40To the Classroom RobinResource for teachers of any age group Attention grabber for a lot of learning stylesDual use as pop culture primary source for an era and/or a secondary source on a historyComic books naturally use sequence and give evidence which are CCSS themesThere is a interesting history to comics

41True ComicsA Lesson Plan You Can Believe In42True Comics Truth is Stranger and a thousand times more thrilling than FICTION

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Levels of Historical Analysis 44

Comic BookTextbook Presidential Speech

45True Comics vs. Your Textbook: Comparing SourcesLesson Content: Age of ImperialismSpanish-American WarCourses: World or USH Social Studies Objectives: -self-reflect on historical reading skills -building content knowledge of era of imperialism-write a reflection after close readingMethods: close reading; summarizing; individual & group analysis & reflectionMaterials: LHA Chart, Textbook, Sources (True Comics & textbook excerpts, McKinley Speech and Aguinaldo Declaration)

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49True Comics vs. Your Textbook: Comparing SourcesLesson Content: Age of ImperialismSpanish-American WarCourses: World or USH Social Studies Objectives: -self-reflect on historical reading skills -building content knowledge of era of imperialism-write a reflection after close readingMethods: close reading; summarizing; individual & group analysis & reflectionMaterials: LHA Chart, Textbook, Sources (True Comics excerpt, McKinley Speech and Aguinaldo Declaration)

Textbook level 3 & 4 . Followed by McKinley & Aguinaldo speeches 50

Levels of Historical Analysis 51

Comic Book: Textbook: Presidential Speeches :

Comic Book:True ComicsTextbook: U.S. or World Presidential Speeches : McKinley & Aguinaldo

52Online Comic Projects: Making History53Comics & the Web

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56Humble Comics by Mr.Yang

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Global Medium

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60Thank you !

Gregory Adler

adlersensei@gmail.com @Tweets2Teach

Q & A 61The Adventures of SupermanWarner Bros.SupermanThemeSong1951Soundtrack55408.777