The world of super crime-fighting provides a rich and fertile ground for a child's imagination to grow and flourish. Along with his imagination, his creative writing skills can grow by leaps and bounds if the teacher uses the backdrop of this world to encourage the child to develop his own characters. A superhero worksheet helps the child to flesh out his character and give it a life of its own.
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Things you need
Decide what the worksheet should cover. Add sections like "Powers," "Secret Identity" and "Origin," among others. The powers can involve anything from super-strength and speed to the ability to see the future or something as simple as highly advanced fighting skills. The secret identity adds depth to the hero, as it typically involves loved ones to protect, occupations that either help or hinder the crime-fighting process and other avenues to delve into the hero's personality. The origin of the hero can reveal details about her past or her character that can be used in storytelling.
Design the worksheet on paper. Decide where each section should go, and create space for it. Use more than one page for each worksheet, if necessary. Arrange the categories in a logical order to help the ideas flow from one section to the next. For example, secret identity might go first to discuss who the hero was before receiving his powers, then origin, and then powers.
Leave a space for the child to draw the character he has imagined. This can be the back of the worksheet or a separate page altogether. Have two spaces on the blank page --- one for the hero's name and the other for the child's name.
Make enough copies of the worksheet for all of the children in your class to have at least one. More copies may be needed so kids can start over.
Tips and warnings
- Additional activities could include writing a story about the character, creating an arch-enemy to oppose the new hero or asking each child to stand in front of the class to describe his hero.
- Once the project is complete, you may wish to compile all the worksheets and drawings into a scrapbook to display in your classroom.
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