You might know that call. Captain Underpants has captured the imagination of thousands and thousands. (And is ever-popular with students using Renaissance Accelerated Reader®.) In 2017, Captain Underpants took another giant leap and made his big screen debut. In addition, Netflix is now streaming The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants TV show. The series has inspired several popular spinoffs, including Dog Man, Super Diaper Baby, and others.
Dav Pilkey, the author behind it all, came up with Captain Underpants while he was in grade school. As a child, Dav was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD. Being disruptive in class, his teachers often made him sit out in the hall. He loved to draw and create stories, so he spent his time in the hall creating original comic books—one of them being about a superhero named Captain Underpants.
Now, News-O-Matic, the program that powers Renaissance myON® News, will be doing a Q&A with Dav this month! Anyone is free to send questions—teachers, school administrators, students, or even families. Just email them to email@example.com!
Looking to make this a fun exercise for students? Below are three ideas:
Take some time to read one of the Captain Underpants books aloud and then, have students write down a few questions that come to mind.
Encourage students to break into groups and brainstorm their top questions for Dav. Then, have the class vote for their top three choices.
Ask students what they know about authors. What questions arise? Have the class pick a couple questions that stick out and submit them to the Q&A.
Brainstorm fast! The deadline to submit questions is December 12, 2018.