Collaborative idea generation for ELT

Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co

This week’s prompt was suggested by @theteacherjames. Thanks James!

Superhero supplies banner

The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. has a whole catalogue of superhero supplies available for purchase, in categories such as ‘Capes’, ‘Secret Identities’ and ‘Lairs’. The company has a real shop in New York. It has a great-looking catalogue, and all purchases support 826nyc: “a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills”.

What would you do with this site in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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Comments on: "Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co" (6)

  1. What a brilliant source! Sadly all my students are wrinkly ild adults at the moment, so I shan’t get the chance to use this any time soon…. sigh.

  2. Thanks for featuring my idea Sandy.

    Like Catherine, I too teach adults, although mine aren’t that wrinkly! Although the appeal of this seems obvious for children and teens, I think I could use this website with business adults.

    I’d first tell them that I am going to introduce them to a company that sells supplies to superheroes. I’d ask them to think about and discuss what products they think the company could sell. I’d then introduce them to the website and we could compare their predictions with the products available.

    After this, I would get them to roleplay different situations, such as a meeting between a company executive and a bank manager to try secure funding for the company; between an executive and a marketing expert to try and create an advertising campaign for their products / store; between an executive and a business journalist who is curious about the company; between a manager and a customer who is disappointed that they didn’t receive special powers after purchasing their product; and so on.

    The students could then go on to create their own weird and wonderful companies and present them to each other.

    There are loads of language opportunities in there, I think, plus it’s an interesting challenge to the students as it will encourage some lateral thinking and some outright lying, which is always a good thing as far as I’m concerned!

  3. There’s a great TED talk on the San Fransico version (which was the original one).
    Very inspiring!
    Naomi

  4. As a self confessed superhero fan boy I love this website and I’m sure there are many things I could use it for.

    1. If you were a superhero…
    Starting off by brainstorming superhero powers and abilities.
    Then arrange powers into the order of preference.
    then one of two options which ever they rate highest/lowest is their power and they have to come up with a character profile for their superhero.
    Then what would they need to make their superhero real? What if there was a superhero shop? What would it sell?
    Then a web quest [homework?] where they have to choose Items to make their superheroes.
    Then there are options to go off from this.
    finally create a comic for your character.

    2. “With great power comes great responsibility”
    Using the famous quote from Uncle Ben in spiderman I could use it to discuss the pro’s and cons of being a superhero where students have to consider what impact gaining superpowers would have on their life. Feeding in functional language for discussing, listing advantages and disadvantages.

    3. Philosophy in superhero’s
    Looking at different superheros and the philosophy messages they send out.
    Batman: Vigilantes? when is it right to break the rules? [could lead on to creating rules for their superheroes.]
    Superman: Which is his real identity? Do people hide their true characters?
    Captain America: America, defender of freedom for all? (what would Captain [your country] be like?)
    Iron Man: Even superheroes have faults.
    Thor: science and magic: Do myths and legends have roots in science?
    etc
    Or even looking at how graphic novels can make good points.

    (and a couple of other ideas, but I don’t have time. last little one, if shy young teens/kids created a superhero alter ego then they could do writings/roleplays about/as them and so express themselves more.)

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