Archive for the odyssey

odds and ends: morrison’s JLA and the Greek pantheon

Posted in odds and ends with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2013 by Christopher Pearce



In our ramp up to The Odyssey, I do a lesson based around Grant Morrison’s run on JLA. Morrison famously drew on Greek archetypes to craft his ultimate version of the Justice League of America. After a quick discussion about the Greek pantheon, I pair students up, give each pairing a copy of JLA and ask them to flip through the comics and find as many parallels between superheroes and Greek gods as they can. After 15 minutes, they present their findings to the class on the document camera.

Some of the pairings are quite obvious – Superman as a stand-in for Zeus orWonder Woman as Hera, for example. Some are a bit more sophisticated. As you can see above, Morrison used second-string superheroes like Plastic Man



and Steel


to great effect as proxys for and Dionysus and Hephaestus.

The best part about this lesson is when students go off book and bring up other examples of superheroes who display Greek ideals… or talk about how American superheroes embody American ideals. More on that tomorrow.

Teacher Comics: Sing in me, Muse

Posted in 2012-2013 school year with tags , , , on March 11, 2013 by Christopher Pearce


I did a similar comic to this last year. Oh well!

Chalkboard drawings: The “Odyssey” edition

Posted in chalkboard drawings with tags , , , , , on March 10, 2013 by Christopher Pearce


We’re currently working on our unit dealing with epic poetry and as such, we’ve come around to The Odyssey by Homer. All the chalkboard drawings deal with that topic in a roundabout way.

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how cool is this?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 19, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

As a capstone to The Odyssey, I’m showing my 9th grade class the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou and giving them an essay on the final exam where they have to do the ol’ compare/contrast thing. I’ve asked students to take notes and, at the end of every day, we take about 10 minutes to discuss the movie and make connections between the movie and the book.

I collected the notes today to look them over, and check this one out!

This thing’s a work of art! Anyone who’s ever seen O Brother is sure to appreciate the dozens of little details the gentleman who wrote these notes tossed into his work. Honestly, it’s awesome. In particular, I like the FOP logo in the upper left-hand corner of the notes. Folks will remember FOP as the off-brand pomade that George Clooney’s character refused to use, as he was a “Dapper Dan man.”

chalkboard photo post #30

Posted in chalkboard drawings, Uncategorized with tags , , on May 1, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

A brief word before the chalkboard drawings this week: If the incredibly angry person from Columbus, Ohio would e-mail me, I would be happy to address your admittedly quite valid point. It’s a shame, because I’d love to think we could talk. I’m fairly certain you missed my intent, but that in no way excuses my unclearness in that Tweet last night.

Despite that, I will not publish your comments as they stand now. There was too much cussing and they were left anonymously. E-mail me though.

Now, on with the chalk scratching, featuring a guest artist this week!

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chalkboard photo post #28

Posted in chalkboard drawings, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 20, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

Obviously… I’m off my comics schedule this week. We’ll be back in business next week, but for today… well, I realized I forgot to post chalkboard drawings from last week on Sunday. Here they are!

…and if that didn’t frighten you away, here are the rest:

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day one hundred thirty four.

Posted in comics with tags , , , on June 14, 2010 by Christopher Pearce

If you’ve never seen the 1997 mini-series of The Odyssey… well, I don’t know if I’d recommend it, as it’s one of the cheesiest things I’ve ever seen… but it definitely has moments. Armand Assante hams it up as Odysseus and the CGI is about as primitive as it gets, but there are some part of the flick that are charming. Like character actor Michael J. Pollard as Aeolus.

Hey! Have you ever wanted to help me out one of those times I begged and pleaded for you to give something to my classroom via How would you like to give my classroom $25 dollars… for FREE? That’s right, no cost to you!

To celebrate teachers, has set up a pretty cool website. Click over there and tell a story about one of your favorite teachers… and Bing will give you a $5 dollar gift certificate for Donors Choose. No, seriously… check it out. You can do it five times for a maximum of a $25 dollar donation!

Next step: Go do my DonorsChoose page and use those gift certificates! I’ve got one project that’s like, $100 dollars away from being funded.

As always thanks to anybody who takes the time to help my classroom out. I know sometimes I sound like a pauper here, but… I’m a public school teacher. ‘Nuff said.

day one hundred twenty two.

Posted in comics with tags , , on May 24, 2010 by Christopher Pearce

For those who don’t have long memories, my class is currently working on a research paper keyed to our unit on The Odyssey.

day one hundred sixteen.

Posted in comics with tags , , on May 4, 2010 by Christopher Pearce

I’m emphatically NOT a fan of teachers who craft their entire curriculum around these types of exercises; I remember having them as a student and thinking “This class could be so much more interesting!” I think it shows a lack of learning going on in a classroom. Study questions (or whatever you want to call ’em) have their place, no doubt… and every once and awhile, a standard “here’s some questions, find the answers” type lesson is necessary. I just don’t know if it gives a teacher a whole lot of quality information about his or her students if it’s the ONLY way you gauge whether or not they read something.

day one hundred fourteen

Posted in comics with tags , , on April 29, 2010 by Christopher Pearce