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What is a superhero?

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Look up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? If you use your imagination, perhaps it could be your favorite superhero! We love reading stories about superheros, and many movies feature them, too.

Superheros are brave individuals who use their skills to protect others. Just like all heros, they have courage and help others solve problems!

To qualify as a superhero, some people believe that an individual needs to have qualities such as special powers that ordinary people are not capable of having. For example, Superman can fly and Spider-Man can climb walls and walk across ceilings. But other superhero fans point out that superpowers aren't necessary to make a hero super! There are other qualities that unite many of the superheroes we read about, such as a commitment to protecting the people of the world, and an alter-ego. After all, Superman is also Clark Kent, and Spider-Man is also Peter Parker. Let's not forget the costume!

Would Superman be the same without that red cape? Special powers and costumes aside, one thing is for sure: superheroes are individuals who never give up on their mission to save the day!

Exploration

You Are Super!If you were a superhero, what special powers would you have? Start by thinking of the things you do well. Maybe you're a dancer or an amazing basketball player. Perhaps your special powers could come from those talents. For example, maybe the "superhero you" would be able to twirl through the sky or use strong muscles to throw supplies to people who need help.You may also get ideas by thinking of skills you wish you had in real life, such as super speed reading, or the ability to jump many stories high! Now fold a piece of paper in half. On one side, draw a picture of yourself as a superhero!On the other side, draw a picture of yourself doing something you love. This is the real "super you!" Remember that you don't need extraordinary powers to inspire and help others. You are the only one out there with your unique combination of gifts and talents. To share them with the world is pretty super!