This year for reading activities within my class, we have been using a resource called StoryBytes, by Hilton Ayrey. With each weekly activity, there is a task that requires students to identify the story structure. This week’s StoryByte is, Batman. One of the activities requires students to identify the following:
- Setting: Where does the story take place?
- Characters: Who are the characters in the story?
- Problem: What is the problem in the story?
- Feelings: How do the main characters feel about the problem?
- Action: What action do the characters take?
- Outcome: How did the story end?
- Themes: Is their a lesson in the story?
I wanted the students to transfer the skill of identifying a story’s structure within text, to identifying a story’s structure within a television programme. To continue this theme, I used one of the very first cartoon episodes of the 1960s. It’s also quite topical, as the new Batman/Superman film will be out shortly.
Try it out with your class, or for much older viewers, simply watch the video for a nostalgic trip down memory lane and remember the superhero who is, Batman! First video shows the cartoon series. The second video shows the very first, Batman (1920s), in black and white and silent – the true Dark Knight, don’t watch it in the dark!