Reading and Note Journals

Throughout this semester and course, I am asking you to keep a reading and note journal for this course.

What does this mean?

  1. It means that you should always bring this to class and use it to take notes in class.

  2. It means you should use it to take notes about the things we will be reading outside of class.

  3. It means you will record answers to Reading and Response assignments found on our blog BELOW.

I will, at appointed times check to see how you are doing and if you are keeping up with your journal, see Course Calendar.

At the end of the semester I will be taking these up as part of your final grade.


Reading and Response  Assignments:


Reading and Response 1

Action Comics #1

For your reading and response this week I am having you look at Action Comics #1 published in 1938.

You will read Action Comics #1 and write (neatly) or type a 2-3 paragraph response. Your response should attempt to answer the questions: 

  • What did you know or think about Superman before reading this comic book?

  • What about reading this comic book has altered or changed or shown you a new light about Superman?

 

Digital Copy Here: Action Comics #1

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Reading and Response 2

Detective Comics #27

For your reading and response this week I am having you look at Detective Comics #27 published in 1939.

You will read Detective Comics #27 and write (neatly) or type a 2-3 paragraph response. Your response should attempt to answer the questions: 

  • How do you feel about the idea that, even though he has NO powers, Batman is classified as a “superhero”?

  • What are the similarities and differences you find interesting (that jump out at you) about Superman and Batman?

 

Digital Copy Here: R&R 2-Detective Comics #27

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Backstory on Batman:

 

Dark Secret Behind the Creation of Batman


Reading and Response 3

Superman: Red Son (exert)

For your reading and response this week I am having you look at the introduction and an exert from the graphic novel Superman: Red Son by writer Mark Millar along with artists Dave Johnson and Kilian Plunkett, and published in 2003.

You will read Tom DeSanto’s introduction and exert from Superman: Red Son and write (neatly) or type a 2-3 paragraph response. Your response should attempt to answer the questions: 

  • In Tom DeSanto’s introduction says: “Even if you never read a comic before, you can pick up RED SON and follow the story…” Based on your short reading afterwards, do you you agree with this statement based on the exert? Yes or no, explain why.

  • Relating to the reading, how is it ironic to see Superman, in the symbol of Soviet Russia, still saving people (Americans in our exert) and acting as a savior?  Take into account both the introduction and opening pages to inform your answer.

 

Digital Copy Here: R&R 3-Superman Red Son Exert

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Reading and Response 4

“Judgment Day” from Weird Fantasy #18

For your reading and response this week I am having you look at “Judgment Day”, a story originally published in Weird Fantasy #18 in March-April 1953 issue.

You will read “Judgment Day” from Weird Fantasy #18 and write (neatly) or type a 2-3 paragraph response. Your response should attempt to answer the questions: 

  • What did you think about the story when you began reading it?

  • What was your exact feeling about the story, reflecting on it, once you were finished readings it?

I am asking you to compare and contrast your views here.

Digital Copy Here: Weird Fantasy #18 “Judgment Day

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Further information and background about this particular issue and story HERE.


Reading and Response 5

Batman and Robin #18

For your reading and response this week I am having you look at  Batman and Robin #18.

You will read Batman and Robin #18 and write (neatly) or type a 2-3 paragraph response. Your response should attempt to answer the questions: 

  • What did you find difficult about reading a story with no words?

  • Describe, after you have read it a couple of time, what you feel was the story and what kind of emotions did you get from your reading?

Digital Copy Here: R&R 5-Batman&Robin #18

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Reading and Response 6

Green Lantern/Green Arrow #76

For your reading and response this week I am having you look at  Green Lantern/Green Arrow #76.

You will read Green Lantern/Green Arrow #18 and write (neatly) or type a 2-3 paragraph response. Your response should attempt to answer the questions: 

  • What is the twist at the beginning of the story? How does it twist or flip the typical superhero narrative?

  • Tell me how you feel about the way the African-American man’s speech near the end of the issue? Is it warranted? Should Green Lantern feel shame? Why?

Digital Copy Here: R&R 6-Green Lantern, Green Arrow #76

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Reading and Response 7

Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story

For your reading and response this week I am having you look at  comic book about the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

You will read Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story and write (neatly) or type a 2-3 paragraph response. Your response should attempt to answer the questions: 

  • What do you think the comic book would have been like if you had read it as an African-America youth in 1956 (remember, this is around the same time white kids would have read “Judgment Day”)?

  • What do you think about the “Montgomery Method” recounted in the back of the comic book? Do you believe this would be worth sharing even today? Why?

Digital Copy Here: R&R 7-MLK-The Montgomery Boycott

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Reading and Response 8

Excerpt from March, Book I

For your reading and response this week I am having you look at an excerpt from March: Book 1 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, a story originally published in 2013 but is set in 1959-60 during the early stages of the Civil Rights movement and lunch counter sit-ins.

You will read March: Book 1 and write (neatly) or type a 2-3 paragraph response. Your response should attempt to answer the questions: 

  • For this entire reading and response I want you to reflect upon and answer the questions: what did this kind of approach to protesting really achieve, both long term and short term? Do you find yourself agreeing with their attitude and approach? Why? Feel free to highlight or examine more closely any particular elements or points in the story that you find powerful or connective.

Digital Copy Here: R&R 8-March, Book 1 Excerpt

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