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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!)

Click here to find out the idea behind this blog.

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Debatepedia

Debatepedia is an encyclopedia of debate topics covering everything you can possibly imagine. Here is a screenshot of the umbrella categories they divide the topics into:

Debatepedia screenshotThe whole site was created by the International Debate Education Association (IDEA) to collect pro and con arguments for debated topics in one place, thereby making it easier to promote debate supported by evidence. It is built along the lines of Wikipedia, so it is constantly evolving. As far as possible, each pro/con argument is also backed up by evidence from other websites. For example, here is a link to the debate on teacher-student friendships on facebook.

What would you do with this website 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!)

Click here to find out the idea behind this blog.