Heroes

Idea from @khatruman on twitter – have students free write based on heroic elements already discussed. Prompt: “My hero is my pet” (goldfish, dog, cat, rock, etc. FUN and still revisits content. Loving this!)

http://orias.berkeley.edu/hero/Monomyth Interactive

http://tatsbox.com/hero/ Archetypes

http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=784 Readwritethink’s characteristics of heroes (lesson plan)

http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/herosjourney/ readwritethink’s Hero’s Journey interactive

http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=587 Edsitement Focus on epic heroes

Essential Questions from the Greece School’s website:  (http://www.greece.k12.ny.us/instruction/ela/6-12/Essential%20Questions/heroes&sheroes.htm)

Heroes & Sheroes

  • Do the attributes of a hero remain the same over time?

  • When does a positive personality trait become a tragic flaw?

  • What is the role of a hero or “sheroe” (coined by Maya Angelou) in a culture?

  • How do various cultures reward / recognize their heroes and sheroes?

  • Why is it important for people and cultures to construct narratives about their experience?

  • What is the relevance of studying multicultural texts?

  • How does the media shape our view of the world and ourselves?

  • In a culture where we are bombarded with other people trying to define us, how do we make decisions for ourselves?

Values Discussion On The Nature Of Heroism

Tales from the past generally equate heroism with physical strength and raw courage in the face of danger (see the stories of Hercules, Theseus and Bellerophon). Recently, however, new definitions of heroism and new kinds of heroes have emerged. To many, research scientist Jonas Salk, astronaut John Glenn and civil rights leader Martin Luther King are contemporary heroic types on the American scene. They do not slay monsters or engage in bloody battles, but they have captured the imagination of many Americans. What qualities of heroism, redefined, do they possess? It is possible that they will some day find their place in the myths our generation leaves as a legacy to future ages?

In another sense, POWs, sports figures, actors and actresses and some holders of high office are looked at as heroes. Ask your students to write a paper based on the question, “Who is your hero…and why?” These additional questions will aid your students in developing their essay: What are some of the traits that make this person a hero to you? Are these heroic traits parallel in some way to the traits of the ancient heroes you have learned about from the Greek myths?”  FROM: http://www.mythweb.com/teachers/tips/tips.html

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