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SPaG Starters 

Here are your SPaG starters to complete everyday. All you need to do is complete three questions and then mark your answers. Click below to see your questions


Can you name any of these superheroes and villains? 


Today you will be exploring the image of a hero and villain. Image is the general impression that a person presents to the public. An image can be positive or negative and is often formed based on how a person acts towards others.


Have a look at the characters below and think about the sort of image they present.


TASK1 - make notes on their:

a) appearance 

b) behaviour 

c) motives 

d) background 


Using your notes from yesterday, draw a venn diagram (like the one below) and compare 'The Joker' and 'Spiderman.' What similarities do they have? What are the clear differences? Compare their: appearence/costumes, background story, powers/skills, flaws, behaviour and motives.


Today you will be designing your very own superhero or villain. You will need to:

  1. Draw and create a name for your character (you can use the templates provided if needed).

  2. Annotate their features (skills/powers, outfit, colours, flaws, personality, background, motivation).

  3. Justify you choices (use the questions below to help you)

  • What is your superhero wearing? 

  • Why do they wear a specific colour? 

  • Do they have particular accessories? 

  • What made them this way? 

  • What power do they have? Is this visible? 

  • Do they have a dual personality?

You could this design as part of your high school transition project.


Now you have designed your character, you will write a character description. Imagine you are describing your new superhero/villain to a film studio because you want them to include your character in their next movie. Include all the necessary details - have a look at the extract below. Look at the list of ideas for inspiration.


Success Criteria:

  • Include information on a range of aspects (appearance, behaviour, background, motives, skills)
  • Include precise vocabulary  

  • Add a variety of sentence structures 

  • Incorporate figurative language  


Unlike most superheroes, he does not possess any superhuman powers or abilities; he makes use of intellect, detective skills, technology, and physical prowess. While a devoted believer in right and justice, Batman has a dark side, and sometimes teeters on the line between justice and vengeance. Hiding in the shadows, he only appears when danger strikes or when his bat sign lights up the sky. His duties tend to be at night because by day, he is a respected business man walking the streets of Gotham City just like any other citizen. Keeping his identity hidden is key to avoid the constant wrath of reporters and to keep his enemies guessing.


Ideas for sentence structures

Every day, she eats radioactive pebbles to keep her superhero powers sharp.
Although his alter-ego is incredibly lazy, when he is in superhero mode...

As his superpower is swimming under water, he thinks of marine creatures as close relatives. Therefore, he refuses to eat fish.

No-one has seen her other than as her superhero alter-ego since she discovered she could walk on clouds and never came back, finding them a lot more peaceful.

He is constantly on the move because, if he stays in one place for too long, his heat-wave powers will cause droughts.

Alone, she has no personal life because she lives in a volcano and cannot invite her friends over.


Further ideas for abilities

Ability to project realistic looking holograms

Ability to control other people's arms and legs

Can make stink seem like it's coming from another person

Can make her enemies start dancing

Can tell the most outrageous lies and still be believed

Can do any mathematical problem in his head lightning fast

Can stretch his body like an elastic band

Can eat a bomb and absorb the explosion

Ability to stop babies crying.


Once you are happy with your description and you have assessed it using the success criteria from yesterday's lesson, publish it. You can use the template provided or create your own. Remember to add in your improvements; check your punctuation, spelling and your use of vocabulary.