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Superhero Biography Comic Book Cover

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) 9 - Marvel - Costume - Mutant - Flame - Direct Edition - John Byrne

You will design the cover of issue #1 of a comic book starring your superhero.  Consider the following:

  • overall use of space, colour and neatness
  • creative title
  • hook (a sentence or phrase to get you to read it)
  • publisher’s logo (e.g. DC)
  • Superhero action shot (scene related to the incident you described in your biography, foreground and background)
  • other elements of a comic book cover (e.g. date, cost, bar code, etc.)

Here is the website of comic book covers we looked at during class today.  Use it to help you get some ideas for your superhero cover.

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Canadian Superheroes, Eh?

We all know DC superheroes like Batman and Superman and Marvel superheroes like Spiderman and Iron Man, but did you know there are a number of Canadian superheroes too?

Here are some websites to read more about some Canadian superheroes. After you have read about them, leave a comment about your favourite Canadian superhero and why you like him or her.

There was also a team of Canadian superheroes called Alpha Flight. Find out more below:

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Your Product Print Ads

Think about the following when designing or evaluating your ads:

  • message, audience
  • layout, use of space
  • product picture
  • product name
  • slogan
  • text (interesting words)
  • pictures
  • logos
  • colour, neatness
  • other print ad features

 Features of Print Ads

  • product / service
  • large pictures or illustrations
  • text (interesting words, fonts, sizes)
  • slogans
  • colour
  • celebrities or famous people
  • logo
  • cost
  • comparisons (before and after or to other products)
  • humour
  • coupon
  • contest


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Your Product Radio Ads

Think about the following when you are creating or evaluating your radio ads:

  • message, audience
  • script
  • product name
  • persuasive text and information
  • slogan, catch phrase or jingle
  • minimum 30 seconds to 1 minute maximum
  • other radio ad features


Features of Radio Ads

  • product or service
  • aimed at a target audience
  • short (30 sec. to 1 min.)
  • repeats information (especially product name and phone number)
  • planning (scripts)
  • voices (clear, expression, tone, pace, volume, special effects)
  • background music
  • sound effects
  • humour
  • dialogue
  • slogans, catchphrases or jingles
  • pauses
  • celebrity endorsements
  • information (product facts, price, contact info., location, special offers)



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Our Class 50 Sports Drink: PowerHour

PowerHour  Product Pitch

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Advertising Websites

Here is an interesting website to explore:

Can you find more websites like this?  If you can, post them on our Classroom Blog for your classmates to explore.

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Here are the links to the websites we were talking about in class.


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Viola Desmond – A Canadian Hero


Here is a Heritage Minute about Viola Desmond.

Here is some more information on the story we read in class.  Click on the link below to find out more about Viola Desmond.

Here is some more information on honouring Viola Desmond on the $10 bank note.

Here is the link to the “American Viola Desmond”  we read about today in class.

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The Mystery of the Mary Celeste

What do you think is the explanation for the disappearance of the captain, his family and the crew of the Mary Celeste?

Please add a comment and explain why you choose the answer you did.


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Mystery Story

We will be creating our own mysteries.  The mysteries will include all of the parts of a narrative and the characteristics of a mystery.

In addition to the characteristics of a mystery listed above, we have found some more below.
  • victim
  • crime scene
  • investigation
  • evidence
  • witnesses
  • alibi
  • motive, means, opportunity
  • thief
  • accomplice
  • confession
(You don’t need to have all of them in your story.)

Mystery Story Book Cover


– title

– author, illustrator

– pictures (exciting, related to story)


– different fonts


– front, back, inside


– # in a series

– award

– hook or subtitle

– publisher (eg. Scholastic)

– recommendation, dedication

– comment “Best seller”

– incentive item

– summary

– UPC or bar code

– reading level

– price

– about the author

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