Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Things you didn't know about Batman

The final exam for my class was to watch Batman Begins and analyze its portrayal of the Hero's Journey. Because I'm that kind of teacher.

I'm not even gonna break it down and give you little snippets because this time, there's a clear winner. The thing about the essay that follows is that the student who wrote it is a good writer. She once wrote an excuse for why her paper was late that was moving and interesting and well written and I totally fell for it even though it was complete bullshit. So the girl can spin a tale.

Unfortunately she can't pay attention to anything for more than five minutes, even a comic book movie with Christian Bale.

Here is her essay:

Well, this film named "Batman Begins" by "Henri Ducart" started in the city of Gotham. It's about this guy that his name is Bruce Wayne, born in a special birth but he doesn't know it nor his parents. He was born to be Batman but his fear are bats. He is so afraid of bats that one day he fell into this hole where alot of bats lived and then he called his parents for help to rescue him from the bats. But then after he was rescued there happened something like a crush so then both of his parents had to die. So then he stayed orphan and some guy named R'as Al Ghul started to take him and train him and guided him to the world of Batman. He got this special gift from R'as Al Ghul after he got left orphan then he started to know that the world was bad and because of this we could tell that this film does follow the Hero's Journey because he had to go through a lot of trouble and overcome his fear in order to obtain that special gift of being "Batman."

Furthermore when he becomes "Batman" he rescues this lady named Rachel the one he likes and the one he felt was his goddess figure. He rescued her from some gas poison some guy threw at her and Bruce helped her out. He also meets this guy who burns down the building and tell him and reminds him all about his parents and then he gets sad. Also when he rescues the lady, the lady gets happyand she asks the guy for his name but he doesn't tell her

And that's it. That's the end. I even let her take the paper to her next class to finish it but that's all there is.

I should also add that this is the first essay the child has turned in all semester - I assigned four. She also came up to me at the beginning of the exam to tell me that she didn't take good notes when I went over the material and can I explain it again? And there were two other questions she could have answered.

And there were very good essays this time because overall my students are improving but nobody wants to read the good ones. They're not as much fun.

Anyway, react appropriately.


  1. Anonymous10:40 PM

    Could I ask what grade this class is? Not to sound like an arse, but I thought it was pretty poorly written.

  2. Anonymous10:43 PM

    By poorly written, I mean at a grammatical level. If this isn't an 'academic' class, as much as I dislike that term, or if it's a younger grade, then it'd make more sense as to why it was written the way it was.

    Sorry for reacting unappropriately. I left highschool not too long ago, though. I know that, if I wrote like that, I'd fail the assignment.

    But no offense to the student! What an arse I am.

  3. You're not an arse. She's 11th grade.

    She also failed.

  4. Anonymous11:47 PM

    Bahaha. I missed the sentence you wrote right before you said "Here is her essay:"
    The sarcasm behind the first half of your post flew right by my head.

    Geezaloo. :P

    Well, at least now I can point my finger at this 11th grader and laugh.



  5. You, however, get an A++++ with a side of kewl for working Batman into the curriculum.

  6. Emily,

    You try so hard to make things cool for these students and get them interested in the lessons your trying to teach almost without them knowing what your doing.

    I think it's awesome. I think being a teacher in todays school system is a rough go and I think your a special person for doing so.


  7. Thanks guys.

    One of the best things about teaching is the ability to try something new all the time.

    I say as long as the kids are learning the material there's no reason to force them to do boring crap just because you can. I get bored too.

  8. Anonymous12:14 PM

    Hey, off topic, but what happened to your Zombie story on the right hand side of your site? Why is it gone? I want to see some Zombie action, dang it!

  9. It's not gone. I gave it a title, Not Dead Yet.

    Glad to see you're excited about it. I'm excited about it. Brett's excited about it.


  10. Anonymous1:40 PM


  11. Huh? Wha?


    (I panicked.)
    teetering on the brink of tottering B

  12. If this girl had a column, I would subscribe to the RSS Feed.


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