Preparation and Presentation of Superhero Philanthropists

9, 10, 11, 12

Students will apply what they learned about Spider-Man's philanthropic actions to other superheroes, and they will express their findings to the class in the form of a short presentation.

Lesson Rating 
PrintThree Fifty-Minute Class Periods

The learner will

  • identify the philanthropic actions of superheroes other than Spider-Man.
  • work with a group to prepare a presentation on these findings to the class.
  • make a lively and interesting class presentation in which he/she will demonstrate competency in evaluating literature, identifying issues, synthesizing and evaluating information to draw conclusions and implications based on his/her investigation of an issue or problem.
  • Presentation Rubric for evaluation of presentations (Handout One)
  • Group Member Evaluation form (Handout Two) Spanish version (Handout Three)


  1. Anticipatory Set:

  2. Put students in groups of three or four or have students choose their own groups.

    • Take students to the library or computer lab to research the philanthropic deeds of other superheroes. (Chances are students will already have some ideas and this will be a matter of finding comics or video clips.)Possible sites for students to use for
    • Go over the presentation rubric, discussing elements of a quality presentation.
    • Allow two to three days for research and developing their presentation.
    • Have students present their findings to the class.

Presentation Rubric (Attachment One) Group Member Evaluation form (Attachment Two)

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 06. Philanthropy in History
      1. Benchmark HS.7 Identify contemporary factors in society that can shape or affect how society views philanthropic giving.
  2. Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark HS.1 Define and give examples of motivations for giving and serving.