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Bulletin Board: S.H.I.E.L.D. Files

In Bulletin Boards on March 12, 2013 at 7:31 PM
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S.H.I.E.L.D. Files

Supplies:

  • Black butcher block paper
  • File folders
  • Functional Printer
  • Research
  • Tape
  • Stapler

Instructions:

Before starting anything, you’ll need the information.  I’ve looked at the DSM-IV-TR (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) and crossed disorders inside with heroes I could think of; some, it might be a stretch to diagnose, and the disorders themselves might not be documented on the character-file.  If you can find evidence in characters’ behaviors, though, that’s all you need to back it up.

So, research a disorder that a hero/ine exhibits and try to tie their history as a character with actual scientific backing, making a one-two of splicing educational value into popular characters.  Everyone is free to use my example, add to it, or take away from it as they see fit.  Print out the information and the pictures you need.

Once you have that figured out, design the file folders with the SHIELD emblem for fanciness; I had a friend stencil out a design for me.  Staple together sheets that talk about the same disorder and, with the tape, figure out where you can put everything on your board.  Once you have the layout figured out, staple everything to the bulletin board.

Hints:

  • Be open and creative when trying to ‘diagnose’ heroes; talk to other friends you might have, see what they think about the heroes.  They don’t need to diagnose them themselves, but they can help set you on a path.
  • Try to tie this into an invisible illness theme, if you can, and maybe add the idea that those suffering from such a disorder can still do great things; it definitely can’t hurt to be noted.
  • You can definitely do this with other popular culture areas, too, with any combination of educational/entertainment value: Disney characters, major video game characters, Batman, and many, many more!

Credit: Mike Siano, Valparaiso University

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