Who Is Stan Lee?
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Since my youngest son is such a HUGE fan of the Marvel Universe, we chose Who Is Stan Lee? to kick off this series on Learning Table. Plus, we have a CREATE YOUR OWN SUPERHERO ADVENTURE STORY activity for you!
If you have kids, chances are, you have heard of the Who Was?® What Was?® Where Is?® Blog Series of books. If you haven’t heard of them, go check them out now! These books are educational, engaging and well-written, and they are wonderful for introducing kids to non-fiction reading. You can do SO much with each book as part of your homeschool course of study. They are excellent supplementary resources for all subjects!
Using the Who Was?® What Was?® Where Is?® Blog Series in Your Homeschool
This series is perfect for a wide range of ages, from approximately early elementary through middle school, but many of these books are great for high school as well. The great thing about using them for homeschooling is that they appeal to such a wide range of ages–perfect for families who are homeschooling multiple ages.
Some top homeschool mom bloggers have come together for the Who Was?® What Was?® Where Is?® Blog Series to bring you some valuable resources and help you use these books in your homeschool classroom.
The Legacy of Stan Lee
Stanley Lieber was just seventeen when he got his first job at Timely Comics in 1939. Since then, the man now known as Stan Lee has launched a comic book empire, made Marvel Comics a household name, and created iconic superheroes such as Iron Man, Spider-Man, and the Fantastic Four. Stan Lee is still dreaming up caped crusaders and masked vigilantes in his nineties. Who Is Stan Lee? tells the story of a New York City kid with a superhero-sized imagination.
Who Is Stan Lee? is a wonderful introduction to the biography genre for young readers who are fans of comic books or the Marvel universe. This book contains nine short illustrated chapters, timelines, and a bibliography. There are also sidenotes featuring information about historical events during Stan Lee’s lifetime, such as the Great Depression and World War II.
What I love about this book (and others in the series), is how it presents history and biography in such an interesting style. Don’t let the concise format of these books fool you–they are packed with information. You can teach many valuable skills with any one of these books. Have your child read a chapter, and then skim through it yourself and ask comprehension questions to see how well your child remembers details.
Here are some questions for Chapter 1 of Who Is Stan Lee? to get you started:
- When Stan Lee was 17, what job did he have?
- What is Stan Lee’s full name?
- What was Stan Lee’s dream job?
- Name 3 superheroes mentioned in Chapter 1.
These books are also excellent for introducing research writing in your classroom. Who Is Stan Lee? provides all the information a student needs to write a thorough book report, but you can go beyond that and teach your child how to write a real research essay. Have him come up with an angle to for a thesis sentence for their report, such as “Stan Lee created some of the most famous superheroes of all time.” Follow the thesis with examples from this book, and look at the Bibliography for more resources to look for at the library. Don’t forget to read the timeline sections for more ideas of topics to delve into.
Create Your Own Superhero Adventure Story
After reading about the life and legacy of Stan Lee, try your hand at creating your own superhero story. Now that you’ve learned how Stan Lee created the Marvel Universe, think up your own superhero adventure and let Stan Lee’s legacy inspire you.
Think about your favorite superheroes. Which ones are your favorite? Captain America? Spider-Man? Black Widow? Create a word cluster on a piece of paper. Write all the words that come to mind when you think of your favorite superhero.
What characteristics will your superhero have? What are your hero’s superpowers? Draw a picture of your superhero, including as many details as you can. Be sure to add some color and design a really cool uniform for your superhero.
Using your brainstorming page and your drawing, write a description of your superhero. Use words that will help your reader ‘see’ your character. Be sure to appeal to the readers senses with descriptive details, such as the sound of your hero’s voice, the texture of the uniform, hair and eye color, etc. Be sure to give your superhero a name! Make sure it is catchy and relates to your hero’s superpowers. How did your superhero discover his powers?
Create an adventure for your superhero. Make an outline with a beginning, middle, and ending to your adventure. Your outline can take any form that makes sense to you. You can use index cards for each section, arranging them however you like. Or write it out in list form on a piece of paper.
The purpose of the outline is to organize the parts you will include in your story. Things to include: introducing your character with a good description, setting up a problem for her to solve, throwing an obstacle (or two) in his way, how they handle the problem, how their superpowers come into play, and finally resolving the problem and wrapping up the story.
Now that you’ve done all the hard work of prewriting, it’s time to write your story. For your first draft, just write! Once you get a flow going, just keep writing. You can (and should) go back and make corrections later. Once you write your story, read over it again and make corrections and edits. Then, ask someone to read over it for you and give you suggestions for improvement. Finally, write your final draft. Attach it to the drawing you already created, or draw a new illustration.
Turn your story into a graphic story a’la Stan Lee. You might even expand your superhero’s universe into an entire comic book!
The Who Was?® What Was?® Where Is?® Blog Series runs from 7/9/18-9/7/18. Each day, a member of our team will publish a post on their own blog featuring one of these engaging books with an activity and resources for extending them in your classroom. Click here to see the schedule of books we are covering!Share this: