Just one day after Stan Lee's comedy genius died, Erik Kalenborn set up an English-language curriculum as a man who is often called Superhero superhero.
Lee, the legendary publisher of Marvel Comics, died on Monday at the age of 95. On Tuesday students at Alan B. High School Shepherd at Palos Heights commenced the commemoration of the literary master by digging into his life work.
Kalenborn is a longtime believer in the ability of graphic novels and comics to hire non-working readers and encourage conversation among all readers.
Not only are comics and graphic novels inspired by them an entertaining medium for high school students, said Kalenborn, the characters Lee created is especially attractive because they deal with society's issues, which makes them more relevant and good topics for discussion.
The graphic format, he said, inspired a literary conversation about tone, the development of characters and the artistic look.
And the world thank Lee for that, he said.
"Stan Lee was a great man who helped with the team (in Marvel) to create more than 300 characters," said Kalenborn.
Among them are Spider Man, Hulk, Black Widow, Black Panther, Ant Man, Thor and Iron Man.
Kallenborn said the English would continue to start a new unit on November 13.
"But then I was:" About snap, Stan Lee died. "That's how I changed things," he said.
His class of graphic novels began to read "Miles Morales", a new bi-racial Spider-Man. His film time would be watching the "Black Panther". And his creative writing students worked on his short story led by a hero.
All children, he said, would explore social problems, especially as Lee did.
"Some people think that comics are just children. Some people think that comics are just comics," said Kalenborn. "But the real fans somehow" get ".
They know that every superhero has one leg for now in the real world, he said. Everyone is fighting with his humanity.
The questions of discrimination, hope, pride, ego, race and acceptance were solved through Li's eyes, said Kalenborn.
"X-men" speaks about diversity and discrimination. Ks-Men mutants looked down. People wanted a world that was antimutant, "he said. That story, he added, was a way for Lee and Marvel to bring the problem of diversity into the press without being a race / color issue.
"I think it was terrible," he said.
"When the Fantastic Four came out, people were asking if the language was too mature, too hard for children," said Kalenborn. "Stan Lee said," I'm not trying to write baby books. I'm trying to teach something to children and if their vocabulary becomes better than comics, the more power they have. ""
Kalenborn promotes comics and graphic novels as a reading tool for years.
Anthony Corsi, a full-time professor of English in District 218, said: "Erik was the main force behind the creation and adoption of a graphic novel course for (District) 218 - all in the service of giving students a wider range of literature outside the firm limit of the traditional English class He used a class of graphic novels as a means of greater engagement of students, promoting independent reading and distinguishing instructions based on student interests. "
Corsi said that Kalenborn also used classes to introduce students to comics professionals and to participate in conferences and panels.
"Stan Lee was a tireless advocate of comics as a legitimate media story, and Eric was a tireless champion of comics with students, parents and administrators," Corsi said. "We are very happy we had it."
Kalenborn has presented many times to Comic-Cons and said he belongs to a group that connects educational programs for Chicago Comic and Entertainment Ekpo (C2E2). He compiles a panel of students to talk about his experience in his class for the upcoming exhibition in March.
Last year Kalenborn said, read 365 graphic novels in 365 days and blog about them.
He is aware that not every English teacher is on the same page as reading about graphic versions of classics such as "Les Miserables" or "Sense and Sensibility".
"I know several school districts whose teachers continue to refuse to use comics or graphic novels in the classroom," he said. "I think it's a big pity for those students."
When they confronted the suspects, he said: "I ask them what they are investing, and then give them a (graphically illustrated) book to read and say:" Please, read this and let me know if that does not change, "" he said. .
"I've changed a lot of people's minds to submit them to a real graphic novel."
Ashley Rose was one of them.
Senior Shepard said: "I'm not great in comics, I've only seen one of Marvel's films, so this is something new for me, because I've never picked up a comic book to this class."
"It was very interesting, books make reading more pleasant," said teenager Palos Heights.
Still, she had no idea who Stan Lee was until Calenborn told the class about his passing.
Although Lee had been out of creativity for some time, he made appearances in Marvel films and signed autographs in Comic-Cons, where Kalenborn met him five years ago.
"I was thinking about everything I've ever read and owned, the video games I played, which came from those original creators. It's kind of a huge social impact he had," said Kalenborn. "Many people will pass through to really understand what he meant.
"His ability to create characters who had great strength, but also humanity, was what triggered the interest and imagination of the reader," said Kalenborn.
As a child, Calenborn said, he read the comics.
"But I did not return to them until later," he said.
As a teacher, he began to use several graphic novels to teach "Hamlet" and "Beovulf", difficult to read.
The medium, he said, helped in understanding and meaning.
It now uses all types of graphic books, including the Udon Manga series, which are not connected to the hero at all, he said.
"To be able to create this class and use this medium, it was incredible," he said.
"I have read so much that if you tell me what you are able to give you a book that you are guaranteed to love," he said. "Right now I can recommend graphic novels to people."
If he could choose another?