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Heroes and Mortals in "Something Just Like This"

Grade Level PreK, Grades K-12
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On “Something Just Like This,” a 2017 collaboration between Coldplay and The Chainsmokers, vocalist Chris Martin compares himself in a self-deprecating manner to a host of Greek heroes, Roman gods and American superheroes before concluding, “I don’t see myself on that list.” The characters Martin mentions—Achilles, Hercules, Spider-man, Superman, and Batman—may seem disparate, originating thousands of years apart. However, when one considers why mortals are drawn to these characters and their stories, the distance between them narrows and similarities arise.

In this lesson, students use the lyrics to “Something Like This” as an opportunity to learn the stories of Achilles, Hercules, Wonder Woman and Superman. Students will explore similarities between these gods and superheroes, finally considering why mortals still need superhumans, thousands of years later.

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