Middle School DC Comic Book Reading Class: Kids Socializing who Love Heroes

Class
Mr. Van, Certified Teacher
Star Educator
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(54)
Great for any superhero fan, the ongoing class will read through DC Comics during the week before coming to class and socializing, analyzing, and talking about them

Class experience

US Grade 6 - 8
Beginner Level
tudents will:
- Be safe and encouraged in their interests
- Be supported to read what they love
- Learn to socialize with other kids who are passionate about what they are passionate about
- Learn a DC fact or two
- Have some fun
Bachelor's degree from Grace University 
Certification to Teach Secondary Students from the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Endorsement in English/Language Arts from the University of Nebraska at Omaha
ACE Educator
Over 10 years of experience in various educational positions
Lifelong DC fan and comic reader since 2005
Homework Offered
2 Comics per week (comics are usually about 20-30 pages long and are an art-based storytelling platform so reading will take about 15 to 30 minutes depending on reading level)
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
 🗯️ACCESSING THE COMICS🗯️
   💥 While I will assist in finding the comics, students will need to acquire the comics that will be "assigned" on a weekly basis.  The easiest and most cost-efficient way to do this is to get a membership to the digital comic platform called "DC Universe Infinite."  
   💥 There are a few options on "DC Universe Infinite" but the most basic membership is perfect for our needs!  It is $74.99 per year
   💥 https://www.dcuniverseinfinite.com/join/?gclid=CjwKCAjw6p-oBhAYEiwAgg2PgsDiFCkfWsn1gcRXULX1n6PpEI3c5AclU6p2rAxAFx6shyyot2WCQhoCmXsQAvD_BwE#plans
   💥 If memberships aren't your thing, I am also excited to assist in finding physical copies of comics and graphic novels for students who have wanted to collect the stories they love!  I will scour my sources throughout the internet to get you and your student access to the reading they enjoy

🗯️PARENTAL GUIDANCE NOTE🗯️
If you choose to acquire the comics via DC Universe Infinite, your learner will have access to the majority of the DC Comics library (including more adult comics).  It is advised to set up adult-supervision filters through the app, or to apply your own method for monitoring your learner. 
Comics can also be found as individual issues or as graphic novels online or at your local comic shop
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
 I WILL ALLOW YOUNG READERS IN MY COURSE but keep these parental guidance rules in mind:

💥 We will read comics rated T  (According to the Marvel Comic-Rating-System "T" is appropriate for most readers, but parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children. May contain MILD violence, profanity, imagery and/or suggestive themes).  Keep in mind that this rating is a generality and does NOT take into account specific family sensitivities and ethics.  It is advised that parents read these comics first (for at least the first couple of weeks) to get an idea of their content.
💥 The best way to describe how graphic these comics are is to imagine them as a sub-PG-13 movie.   Violence, drug use, profanity, and sexual content may be present, but will not be explicitly depicted.  For more specifics on this, read below.

🗯️VIOLENCE🗯️
💥Comics are generally violent and intense including images with:
💥 Blood and bruises
💥 Death on-panel and off
💥 Graphic violence such as vividly depicted breaking bones, gore, killing, etc will not be present in the comics chosen for this course.

🗯️SEXUAL CONTENT🗯️
💥 Characters (both male and female) wear skin-tight and revealing costumes.  
💥 Romance will be seen and sexual themes may be hinted at but not depicted.

🗯️LANGUAGE🗯️
💥 Profanity is often present.  
💥 More explicit profanity is "bleeped out" with symbols.

🗯️DRUGES/ALCOHOL🗯️
💥 Drug use is a theme but is mostly depicted as a negative action (besides an occasional hero smoking a cigarette or cigar). 

🗯️MENTAL HEALTH AND SOCIAL ISSUES🗯️
💥 Psychology is often central to character-building.  
💥 Characters are often used as "case-studies" for insanity or heroes being pushed to their limit.  
💥 Darker psychological themes will be avoided. 
💥 Some older comics may display misogynistic, racist, or other negative social themes.
💥 Several of the negative themes found in comics will be addressed in discussion to ensure critical thinking, various perspectives, and positive thinking is supported

🗯️PARENTAL GUIDANCE NOTE🗯️
If you choose to acquire the comics via DC Universe Infinite, your learner will have access to the majority of the DC Comics library (including more adult comics).  It is advised to set up adult-supervision filters through the app, or to apply your own method for monitoring your learner. 
Comics can also be found as individual issues or as graphic novels online or at your local comic shop
 🗯️ACCESSING THE COMICS🗯️
   💥 While I will assist in finding the comics, students will need to acquire the comics that will be "assigned" on a weekly basis.  The easiest and most cost-efficient way to do this is to get a membership to the digital comic platform called "DC Universe Infinite."  
   💥 There are a few options on "DC Universe Infinite" but the most basic membership is perfect for our needs!  It is $74.99 per year
   💥 https://www.dcuniverseinfinite.com/join/?gclid=CjwKCAjw6p-oBhAYEiwAgg2PgsDiFCkfWsn1gcRXULX1n6PpEI3c5AclU6p2rAxAFx6shyyot2WCQhoCmXsQAvD_BwE#plans
   💥 If memberships aren't your thing, I am also excited to assist in finding physical copies of comics and graphic novels for students who have wanted to collect the stories they love!  I will scour my sources throughout the internet to get you and your student access to the reading they enjoy

🗯️PARENTAL GUIDANCE NOTE🗯️
If you choose to acquire the comics via DC Universe Infinite, your learner will have access to the majority of the DC Comics library (including more adult comics).  It is advised to set up adult-supervision filters through the app, or to apply your own method for monitoring your learner. 
Comics can also be found as individual issues or as graphic novels online or at your local comic shop

Meet the teacher

Star Educator
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(54)
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Hello!

My name is Paul Van Moorleghem or, more simply, Mr. Van!

I realized that I loved to learn waaaaay too late in life.  It was upon this realization that I decided to go back to school and get my certification to teach.

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Group Class

$15

weekly
1x per week
45 min

Live video meetings
Ages 12-15
1-3 learners per class

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