Art & Design
Watch: One noteworthy detail of Natasha Romanova’s past is that she is an accomplished ballerina. This contributes to her dexterity and flexibility as a fighter for good. Watch and study a famous Russian ballet like Swan Lake, Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, the Nutcracker, or another in whatever way available to you.
Language & Thinking
Read: Read the highest ranked Black Widow comic on Ranker: S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Most Wanted.
Multidisciplinary & Miscellaneous
Dress up like Black Widow for halloween, cosplay event, a homemade film, or just to enjoy The Avengers in the theater that much more. Consider inspiration available online for how to do it.
Biology & Human Body
Read: The venom of a black widow spider is reported to be 15 times stronger than that of a rattle snake. Learn more about them on this National Geographic article.
Civics & Government Studies
Research: There are several amazing stories about Russian spies who defected from their country’s Communist rule. Yuri Bezmenov has millions of views on YouTube. Here’s a list of others, but there are also noteworthy defectors who were not spies. Joseph Stalin’s daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva defected and so did people in the arts like George Balanchine (ballet) or Oleg Protopopov (figure skating). Here is a more comprehensive list on Wikipedia of defectors of all kinds.
Children & Teenagers
Teach: Cold war and post cold-war geopolitical tension between Russia and America plays a major theme in action film. Which American action film series does not tie this theme into their story line? (This is a rhetorical question.) The important question is: from where does this conflict arise?
Teach: If you have aspirations of becoming an astronaut, Russian might be the foreign language for you to learn. The official languages of the International Space Station are English and Russian due to Russia’s historic focus on astronautics.
Create a Teachable Moment: Despite Natasha Romonova’s “white hat” social engineering while with the Avengers, she exemplifies behaviors concerning sociopaths. While calling someone a “sociopath” is a common insult and it’s usually hyperbolic, they do exist and it is worth the effort to learn what one is and how you can know it.
Create a Teachable Moment. Honor: Natasha Romanova mentions multiple times that she wants to wipe out the red in her ledger. An examination of her past, and her unsettling ability to wear two opposite faces and manipulate others’ thoughts and emotions, show just how deep in the dark she was. However, through commitment to righting her wrongs, she saves cities, countless people, and eventually the world. No matter how bad your past is, you can change for good.
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