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Antihero

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map
  • Poster
  • Character Map

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Pixton Lesson Plan on Antihero
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings character development to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings character development to life with comics and storyboards.

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Antihero

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Antihero

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Ask student to guess what traits an antihero might display. After soliciting student responses, explain that the definition of an antihero is a flawed main character who has traits more common amongst villains than typical heroes. Traits include greed, immorality, conceit, and dishonesty. While these characters are flawed and lacking obvious heroic traits, they are inherently good. Antiheroes range from "regular" people with small flaws, such as Holden Caulfield, to well-intentioned murderers, such as Tony Soprano. Other examples include: Captain Jack Sparrow, Jay Gatsby, Donald Draper, and Michael Corleone.

Ask students the following:

  • How can a protagonist be a hero and the opposite of a hero at the same time?
  • Do you think antiheroes exist in real life? Do you think they are more common than traditional heroes?

Opening Discussion

Introduce the character traits of the antihero:

  1. Positive Traits: Every antihero has several good qualities that distinguish him from a villain.
  2. Negative Traits: Antiheroes display a few or many qualities often associated with villains.
  3. Misguided Intentions: Antiheroes mean well but they make mistakes and act in a way not aligned with their good intentions.
  4. Dynamic: Antiheroes reveal more about their complicated past, positive intentions, and redeemable qualities later in the text.
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Define an Antihero

    Complete after opening discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Antihero in Literature & Film

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Antihero from Life

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a wanted Poster for an antihero from literature or film. Include an illustration and details about his or her crimes.

  • Extension / Modification
    Character Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create your own antihero using a Character Map that summarizes the characteristics of an antihero.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • Recently, more and more books and films feature antiheroes. Why do you think this is the case?
  • Why are antiheroes popular? Why might they be more popular than more traditional heroes?
  • Can you think of any antiheroes from history or current events? What makes them antiheroes?
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Pixton Activity: Antihero 1 Define an Antihero

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the character traits of the antihero:

  1. Positive Traits: Every antihero has several good qualities that distinguish him from a villain.
  2. Negative Traits: Antiheroes display a few or many qualities often associated with villains.
  3. Misguided Intentions: Antiheroes mean well but they make mistakes and act in a way not aligned with their good intentions.
  4. Dynamic: Antiheroes reveal more about their complicated past, positive intentions and redeemable qualities later in the text.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard that summarizes the characteristics of an antihero:

  • Identify the characteristic in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of the characteristic.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Antihero 2 Antihero in Literature & Film

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the character traits of the antihero:

  1. Positive Traits: Every antihero has several good qualities that distinguish him from a villain.
  2. Negative Traits: Antiheroes display a few or many qualities often associated with villains.
  3. Misguided Intentions: Antiheroes mean well but they make mistakes and act in a way not aligned with their good intentions.
  4. Dynamic: Antiheroes reveal more about their complicated past, positive intentions and redeemable qualities later in the text.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard that summarizes the characteristics of an antihero from literature or film:

  • Identify the characteristic in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of each of the antihero's characteristics.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Print this Activity

Pixton Activity: Antihero 3 Antihero from Life

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the character traits of the antihero:

  1. Positive Traits: Every antihero has several good qualities that distinguish him from a villain.
  2. Negative Traits: Antiheroes display a few or many qualities often associated with villains.
  3. Misguided Intentions: Antiheroes mean well but they make mistakes and act in a way not aligned with their good intentions.
  4. Dynamic: Antiheroes reveal more about their complicated past, positive intentions and redeemable qualities later in the text.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard that summarizes the characteristics of an antihero from current events or history:

  • Identify the characteristic in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of each of the antihero's characteristics.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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