If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Invisibility? Teleportation? How about the ability to engage your learners in reading activities in an instant? Well, you can do just that with our Marvel Cinematic Readers.
We all know how important reading is for language development. It expands vocabulary and comprehension, reinforces grammatical structures and ultimately improves all-round communication skills.
Yet, authentic reading materials are often too complex for students – and this can be demotivating and counterproductive. In addition, it can be very difficult to engage young learners and teenagers in reading activities when they are not interested in the subject matter.
That’s where Pearson English Graded Readers and Marvel’s super heroes come in. Each book is carefully graded with level-appropriate vocabulary – and with characters like Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, and the Incredible Hulk, your students can’t help but be completely absorbed by the stories. And who can blame them? These super heroes lead incredible lives, full of adventure, excitement, and unexpected danger.
So let’s see what they are all about and discover three fun activities you can use in class.
Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is a gripping story of good versus evil.
Aimed at Level 3 students (CEFR A2 – A2+ / GSE 30-45), the story follows The Avengers, a group of fantastic super heroes who work together and combine their powers to overcome danger and save the world together.
An evil force named Ultron has terrible plans for the people of Earth. Hulk, Iron Man, Black Widow and the rest of The Avengers must come together to stop him and save the world.
Find a copy of Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron on our website. You can also download the teacher’s resources and sample audio.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
This Graded English Reader is aimed at Level 4 students (CEFR A2+ – B1+ / GSE 45 – 58).
The Guardians of the Galaxy – Peter, Gamora, Draz, Rocket and Groot – are attacked in their spaceship, but something unusual happens.
They are saved by a mysterious help – but who is it and what do they want? And will the Guardians have to save the world again?
Find a copy of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on our website. You can also download the teacher’s resources and sample audio.
A super range of teaching resources and ideas
The books are not only fun to read in class, but they are sure to spark your learners’ imaginations. Both Readers come with teacher notes, extra discussion activities, photocopiable worksheets and a progress test with an answer key. What’s more, they are also available as ebooks if your students prefer a digital version.
In the meantime, here are three ideas to kick off a fun super hero themed class.
1. A day in the life of a super hero
If your young learners or teens enjoy drawing, then they’ll be sure to have fun creating a comic strip. Put students in pairs and give them a blank sheet of A4 paper.
Ask them to choose one of their favorite characters from a Marvel Cinematic Reader and think about a day in the life of that character. They are going to produce a short comic strip including some of the things that he or she does in that day, including the people they meet and the adventures they get into.
Tell them to draw a (landscape) grid with six or eight squares. They should draw the scenes and add descriptive dialogue to each square – using some of the vocabulary they learned in the Graded Reader. Note that you may need to demonstrate the activity on the board, depending on the age and ability of the students.
2. Dialogue and mini-play
For higher level learners, have students choose a scene from the Marvel Cinematic Reader and add their own dialogue.
Put students in pairs or small groups and tell them to use the vocabulary they have been learning.
Tell students to include at least ten lines of dialogue and support them during the activity. Finally, have them perform their dialogues in front of the class.
3. Super hero party
Give each student a blank super hero profile, including name, age, superpower and interests. Tell them to fill out the information – inventing it, or copying the information from a Marvel Super Hero.
Afterwards, have students write down some questions for other super heroes. For example:
- What’s your name?
- How old are you?
- What is your superpower?
- What are your hobbies?
Next, have students stand up, talk to other “super heroes” and ask and answer questions.
Finally, have students explain who they met at the party in open class feedback.
Note, you can add to the party atmosphere by playing light party music during the mingle activity.
Higher level students should be encouraged to add more interesting information to their profiles and to ask harder questions (if they are capable, they can also improvise their answers).
If you enjoyed these activities check out our post: 3 Super hero ideas to engage your students. And let us know in the comments if you have any creative ideas for super hero themed classes!
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