By Travis Trombley
Inspired by George Hillocks Jr.'s book Teaching Argument Writing, we have been employing activities that ask students to formalize their schema as general rules or definitions. We teach this as the foundation for inference: observation + background knowledge = inference (or conclusion). The background knowledge becomes formalized as an operational definition or general rule.
In this vein, I thought I might capitalize on the release of BvS and get my students to debate a surprisingly polarizing question: should Batman be considered a "superhero"?