Create a Storybook Superhero with Adobe Spark Video

Students create a superhero profile based on a character from a book that they have read
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About This Strategy

In this 3.5-hour strategy, students will create a superhero profile based on a character from a book that they have read. By showcasing their chosen character with the characteristics and abilities of a superhero, they will demonstrate their ability to analyze and understand their character so that they can create a vivid picture that represents them.

Because Adobe Spark Video enables you to create a dynamic audio and visual experience, this strategy empowers you to demonstrate how you can creatively present information. This strategy can be adapted for use with other Adobe products, such as Premiere Rush.

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student sample
  • Adobe Spark Video
  • Adobe Premiere Rush
  • Editable Resource Bundle
  • PDF Resource Bundle

Outline for Teachers

Learn.

Students should already be familiar with their character,  having read the book during the course of the year, but it may be necessary to build some time in for students to skim their prior reading.  Students familiarize themselves with the traits of a superhero using the video and article. (20 minutes).

Evaluate.

Students use these steps to review and evaluate their character and use the Cornell Notes template to gather their thinking. (50 minutes).

Create

Students start writing a script to narrate their superhero video. They can break it up into paragraphs for each scene to ensure that they record a clear and concise narrative free of errors, filler words, and unnecessary pauses.

Students are guided here to supporting resources as they begin planning the scenes. Each scene should be roughly 30 seconds in length.

As students produce their video, they are given additional step-by-step guidance in their use of Adobe Spark Video. (120 minutes)

Share. 

Students publish and share their videos in small groups and evaluate them.

Steps for Students

In this 3.5-hour strategy, you will create a superhero profile based on a character from a book that you have read in class. By showcasing your chosen character with the characteristics and abilities of a superhero, you will demonstrate your ability to analyze and understand your character and how to convey a vivid picture of your character and events surrounding them.    

Because Adobe Spark Video enables you to create a dynamic audio and visual experience, this strategy empowers you to demonstrate how you can creatively present your analysis.

Steps: 

1. Learn: You should already be familiar with your character by having read the book during the course of the year. You may not choose Fahrenheit 451. You might need to go back to the book and skim read it to reactivate your thinking. Familiarize yourself with the traits of a superhero using the video and article resource. (20 minutes) 

As you are watching the video and reading the article, think about how superhero powers might connect to the character from your reading. 

  • What problem did they face in the book? 

  • How did they rise to the challenge? 

  • What were their personal struggles? In real life, it is our struggles that cause us to grow. When we are dealing with problems, our character tends to show. We can be impatient, angry, sad, even joyful and more engaged when we are dealing with something new and challenging. 

  • Did the character change? Who did they become?

In the example given, Guy Montag's job was to destroy books - destroy knowledge - by burning any books found in people's homes. He experienced a shocking event, and as a result he began to wonder why people risked everything to have books. In this strategy, his job - fires, and his struggle - why save books, were transformed into a character that burned books but only because he had read them and obtained the powerful knowledge they contained. 

2. Evaluate: Review and evaluate your character and use the Cornell Notes template  to organize and connect your character to the 4 from the list of superhero characteristics and abilities below:  (50 minutes) 

  • Intelligence 

  • Strength

  • Speed

  • Uniqueness

  • Durability

  • Combat

  • Weapon

Your objective is to correlate your character’s choices, actions, and experiences to various superpowers. If someone is incredibly intelligent then maybe their power comes in the form of telekinesis, or cunningness in the form of speed or agility. 

  • Scene 1: Introduce your character and what book they're from.

  • Scene 2: What would their superhero name be and what is their main power or ability and how is it supported by the text?

  • Scene 3: Second characteristics or abilities and how is it supported by the text?

  • Scene 4: Third characteristics or abilities and how is it supported by the text?

  • Scene 5: Fourth characteristics or abilities and how is it supported by the text?

3. Create: Start by writing a script to narrate your superhero video. You can break it up into paragraphs for each scene to ensure that you record a clear and concise narrative free of errors, filler words, and unnecessary pauses. (120 minutes)

Next, you use a storyboard template  to plan out each scene and decide what types of images or videos you will need. You can use Pexels for royalty free stock images and video for your project. Each scene should be roughly 30 seconds in length.  

For guidance on creating a video using Adobe Spark Video, follow these steps or watch this tutorial.

4. Share your video ad as directed by your instructor. It's time to reflect. 

  • Did you make any mistakes along the way? I hope so — that way you had some opportunities to try again, ask for help, and learn.

Rubric for Successful Analysis

Consult the attached rubric in order to evaluate students' videos.