Chromebook Culture, Comics, and Talk like a citizen of Wakanda-

Just “charge” your chromebook as you explore the Black Panther Universe

Students audiences are storming the 2018 Black Panther film. Its digital version promises to be a record sell and download as well.  So, is this film, like other blockbusters that come out during the school year, only an occasion for a during school day excursion to the multiplex followed by popcorn bonding? Is it perhaps a good opportunity to teach ELA review and argument writing skills so the teacher can wring out a topic the entire class has seen, can review using details and can critique peer work?  Is this the usual time out of school and follow up two day digital pause in the calendar or like the unexpected impact of the Marvel film worldwide, does this film offer students a vista of literacy, linguistic and storytelling ventures that can open up new fields of cultural, social justice and literary study which can transform their lives?

Pre-assess Black Panther Knowledge- Read and Research

Create an online chromebook network Black Panther Quiz

First before seeing the movie or if the movie has already been seen, challenge the students to record how long they believe the character of the Black Panther has existed in the Marvel universe? When and why was that character was first created?  Who created the Black Panther? Is the language spoken in the film a fictional one created by clever writers?  To what extent of any are the sets based on any classic antiquities?  How do we know this?   Within the past five years, prior to the film’s opening, has any new writer, well known for other than graphic narrative writing, been involved in a new line of Black Panther comics?   The students can record their responses based on any prior knowledge or interest in Marvel comics they may have on their own personal files and can be challenged to before the film or just after viewing the film check out their answers. Teachers can save the responses on their chromebooks as an aggregate as well.

Among the sites which have videos and pertinent data for this are:  Comics History 101 https://youtu.be/zliLYly3ESU, 6 Black Panther Comics to read before and after the film https://nerdist.com/6-black-panther-comics-to-read-before-and-after-the movie/, and  http://marvel.com/comics/discovery/460/black-panther.  Students can then based on this research revisit their initial pre-assessments.  They can also create their own Black  Panther Filmgoer quizzes and write in letters to adult or peer newspapers detailing some of the interesting historical and pop culture facts they found.  This also offers an opportunity to teach students how to attribute their sources as part of quiz design and can provide teachers with a student created quiz to offer students who experience digital or downloaded versions of the original film in upcoming years.  Teachers can use the student generated quizzes which they have saved on their chromebook consoles with other classes and exchange with colleagues.

Literacy Graphic Genre Comparisons

Even more important, students can compare the graphic narrative renditions of Black Panther comics with the film and create detailed comparisons and contrasts between the live action and drawn narratives.  They can analyze the extent to which the sets and the costumes reflect the illustrators vision in the print comics.  They can hypothesize why different choices were made.  Even better they can research comments made by the film’s costume and set designers see if their hypotheses are based on actual creative insights of the film’s designers.  Teachers can access all their students to a free Black Panther comic online-

http://readcomiconline.to/Comic/Black-Panther-2016/Issue-1?id=38611.  Together they can use this accessed comic as an online read and view and film or record class discussions of it to be saved on their chromebooks as teaching videos.

Since this is not the comic narrative featured in the 2018 film, students can suggest how and why or why not it should be included in the current Black Panther series.

Linguistics- Language Acquisition

Given the tradition of Star trek with its fictionally devised languages studied and spoken by devout generations of fans, students seeing the film might think that writer director Ryan Cooler and his team developed this unique language to engage a set of set of its current and future fans in private Black Panther closed set communications-similar to Klingon fans.  However, a slew of sites prove this language to be the outcome of deep scholarly linguistic research and indeed a legitimate historic language of South Africa,  Isixhosa.  Among those sites students can research to come upon this key central cultural core of the movie are: http://www.indiewre.com/2018/02/black-panther-wakanda-written-language-ryan-coogler-afrofuterism-1201931252 and https://qz.com/1192662/black-panther-wakandas-language-is isixhosa-of-south-africa/./  But while students may be excited by the authenticity of the language used in the film, far and away they will love taking a tutorial in how to speak it: https://www.fastcompany.com/40538025/the-language-in-black-panther-is-totally-real-heres-how-to-speak-it.  As any classroom educator can imagine this tutorial will allow students to begin to develop Isixhosa specific Black Panther dialogues and secret insider conversations so relished by students.  Of course students and teachers will enjoy saving the audios on their chromebooks of this talk in Isixhosa for deciphering by peer and colleague audiences.  This linguistic opportunity offers cultural spoken and pictogram research opportunities in Africana studies as well.

Comic to all ages commercial genre BlacK Panther Publications-Key Cultural Voices Come to the Black Panther Wakanda Kingdom

Any educator or parent of a toddler who has come on early childhood books dealing with Einstein’s theory of relativity and Hawking’s Black Hole will not be surprised to find out that the Black Panther of Marvel Fame has not only hit the first run movie screen marquee as a box office headliner, but also been developed to enthrall extremely young below the age of 8 fans.  Indeed level 1 and level 2 readers can enjoy their own Black Panther on appropriate lexile level in the World of Reading Series with titles like- This is the Black Panther Level 1 and Meet Black Panther Level 2.  Parents and preschool readers can enjoy their very own Golden Book version of Black Panther’s story https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1524763888/Ref=pd_aw_fbt_14_img_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refro=ABG89QWYCY7EW7G433DO.  Students in middle grades can examine these younger peer iterations of Black Panther and consider whether they are authentic to the hero and appropriate for their younger siblings.  They can also interview librarians and early childhood teachers about them. They can also look at Chapter books such as Black Panther – the Battle for Wakanda released by Little Brown in January 2018 in advance of the movie and the novelization of the film with the 2018 movie cast on its cover. A visit to a large book store or online trip to Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble immediately shows the many commercial literary grade and age differentiated iterations of Black Panther.  Students may debate and also interview adults, family members and book experts as to whether these various iterations even if commercially successful with audiences are authentic extensions of the original purpose and message of the Black Panther character as conceived in the 1960’s.

Students can be challenged by their teachers to find political and social news connections between what is happening in the fictional world T’Challa is trying to save and the real world as reported on the news plus experienced by them in their neighborhoods.  The name of a National Book Winner familiar to adults but unfamiliar to them unless they are engaged comic fans from 2016 will emerge.  Among the sites they can examine to explore this individual and how he connects the Black Panther comic to social issues are: https://www.theguardian.com/tahisi-coates-books/2016/may/19/ta-nehisi-coates-black-panther-is-superhero-success-story and http://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/books/ta-nehisi-coates-captain.america.html.  Older students can compare and contrast his view of the Blank Panther with the image and language of the originally conceptualized Marvel character from the 1960’s.

Most of the time a blockbuster movie excursion is a recess from ongoing relevant curriculum.  The Black Panther movie experience can provide access to cultural, critical, citizenship and collaborative investigations which can authenticate social issues, literacy learning and careers preparation with a language steeped in civilizations that students can make their own!!

Dr. Rose Reissman,

Academic and Grant Funding Director for Sector 5

About Sector 5,

Sector 5, Inc. (OTCQB: SFIV), is a Proud American Corporation, that sells, manufactures and develops new innovative consumer electronics under Sector 5 and other brands. The Company markets its partnership with Google approved Chromebooks to educational organizations, other B2B and B2C sales channels, with retail sales on Amazon. It is in development of several new products to serve the educational, business and retail markets. Follow the company on http://www.twitter.com/sectorfiveinc and http://www.facebook.com/sect5 and find further information at http://www.sector-five.com. For Sector 5’s Forward Looking Statements, click here.

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