Soundtrack Assignment in the Literature Classroom

Every semester I try something new in the classroom. Sometimes this may involve adding activities such as the fish bowl, working in the archives, or having students write on the board to generate ideas. I take these ideas and tweak them as I go along because, as we know, every class is not the same. What works in one class may not necessarily work in another one for a myriad of reasons. Today, I want to briefly talk about an assignment I did this semester that I plan to use in upcoming semesters, in various ways.

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“Why haven’t you let anyone know?”: Monica Lynne First Appearance

Typically, when we talk about origin stories in comics, we focus on superheroes. Rarely do we focus on supporting or secondary characters. David Taft Terry writes about the introduction of Bill Foster and his role working with Hank Pym; however, that is the only real discussion, so far, I have seen on supporting characters. After reading Sam Wilson’s (Falcon) origin story, I decided to see where and when Marvel introduced Monica Lynne to T’Challa (Black Panther). Her initial appearance occurs in Roy Thomas’ Avengers #73 (1970), four years after T’Challa’s first appearance in Fantastic Four #52.  Today, I want to briefly take a look at Monica Lynne’s first appearance and discuss it in relation to Don McGregor’s run on Jungle Action from 1973-1976.

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The National Anthem and “Tinker v. Des Moines”

Last week, amidst the debates surrounding the National Anthem, a school board in Louisiana issued a statement on students and the anthem. Linking the discussion to Barksdale Air Force Base and patriotism, school Superintendent Scott Smith said, “The least Bossier Schools can do is expect our student athletes to stand in solidarity when the National Anthem is played at sporting events in honor of those sacrifices.

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