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“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” Christopher Reeve “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” Joseph Campbell Joseph Campbell, an American mythological researcher, wrote a famous book entitled The Hero with a Thousand Faces. George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, claims that Campbell’s monomyth was the inspiration for his groundbreaking films. The Hero's Journey is a great technique for analyzing all kinds of stories--whether they be myths, legends, films, novels, short stories, plays, or even comic books. All the materials on this page should assist you in teaching heroes and the Hero's Journey. Related:  Heroesinspiration

A Story of Epic Proportions: What makes a Poem an Epic? Activity 1. What are the elements of an epic poem? Review with students the definition and elements of epic poetry found at the Glossary of Literary Terms accessible from the EDSITEment-reviewed web resource Internet Public Library. Ask students what other stories they know or have heard of that follow a similar pattern of action and components described in the definition of epic poetry. The Epic of Gilgamesh The Iliad The Odyssey The Aeneid Beowulf The Ramayana Star Wars The Lord of the Rings series The Harry Potter series Distribute the charts listing the major elements of the Elements of the Epic Hero Cycle (PDF), or have students access interactive equivalent. Are there discernable patterns in the answers? Introduce some of the additional elements of traditional epic poems, such as the formal and florid language, their opening with an invocation, or the use of epithets (such as "fleet-footed Achilles"). Activity 2.

Heroes Are Made of This: Studying the Character of Heroes ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you. More Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals. More Teacher Resources by Grade Your students can save their work with Student Interactives. More Home › Classroom Resources › Lesson Plans Lesson Plan Overview Featured Resources From Theory to Practice Designed to explore the hero and the heroic in literature, this sequence of activities can be used as a unit or as stand-alone activities. back to top Hero's Traits Reader's Log: Have students use this reproducible to track character traits as they read. Further Reading Moon, Brian. 2000. This lesson is based in part on: Rodrigues, Raymond J., and Dennis Badaczewski. 1978.

37 Dr. Seuss Quotes That Can Change the World | Bright Drops Dr. Seuss is an oft-quoted author that published over 40 books, many of which have been made into films, and have even been studied in university classrooms. This is a collection Seuss quotes that have the power to change the world if their message is heeded. Simple and poignant at the same time, that is what he was famous for, and is on display. “Kid, you’ll move mountains!” No need to get intimidated by the size of the task, it’s just a matter of taking small steps towards your bigger goal. It may sound impossible at first, but the more you think about it, the more you come up with ways that it can be done. “And will you succeed? Of course there are no 100% guarantees in life, but when you have a positive mindset like the one this quote instills you’ve got a pretty good shot at getting it right. You don’t need to be completely assured of success, it’s good to have a bit of a possibility of failure or it wouldn’t be interesting. “Oh the things you can find, if you don’t stay behind!”

Tolkien's Middle-earth: Lesson Plans, Unit Two - Handouts Handouts Anglo-Saxon Runes This is an excerpt from Ruth Noel’s The Languages of Tolkien's Middle-earth. In the author's words, "The runes . . . are those shown on the map in The Hobbit. They are one of several types actually used by writers of Old English and other Germanic languages. The Tree of Language This diagram of language groups comes from The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, edited by Calvert Watkins. Beowulf and Grendel In this scene from Beowulf, the hero encounters Grendel for the first time — and the monster meets his match. Dwarf Catalogue from the Elder Edda This passage from the Old Norse poem "Voluspo" was Tolkien's source for the dwarf names in The Hobbit, as well as the name "Gandalf," which translates as "Wand Elf" or "Staff Elf" — not a dwarf, obviously, but perhaps a wizard. Unit Two Content OverviewComments for TeachersPreliminary QuizKey TermsHandoutsDiscussion TopicsSuggested ActivitiesBibliography Printer-Friendly Version

Multi-Media Hero Analysis Overview Key Staff The lesson can be taught by the English teacher and could be supported by the art teacher. Key Skills Developing Arts Literacies: Analyzing and Evaluating - Critique Creative Thinking: Communication and Collaboration Global Connections: Connecting to History and Culture, Connecting with Other Arts Summary In a world with few real heroes, students will recognize the positive character traits of heroes as depicted in music, art and literature. Learning Objectives Students will: Identify characteristics that are common to heroes, and recognize qualities that are exceptional in certain heroes. Teaching Approach Arts Inclusion Interdisciplinary Teaching Methods Discussion Self-Directed Learning Research Cooperative Learning Direct Instruction Assessment Type Determined by Teacher Preparation Lesson Setup Teacher Background Teachers should be familiar with notes on the romantic hero in classical music. Prior Student Knowledge Physical Space Classroom Grouping Staging Accessibility Notes Engage

The Hero's Quest |Arthurian Legend| |Beowulf| |Classical Mythology| |Creation Stories| |Fairy Tales and Folktales| |Homer, The Iliad and The Odyssey| |Mythology Main Page| The all-purpose guide to epic moviesThis chart shows different archetypal roles at work in Harry Potter, Star Wars, and other movies: the hero, the threshold guardian, the trickster, etc. An Anti-Hero of One's OwnThis TED-ED video (4:11) explores the pattern of the anti-hero using references to Fahrenheit 451 and 1984, among others. Captioned, includes follow-up questions and other support. ArchetypesThis Google Doc lists and describes types of heroes, quests, stages, characteristics, and symbols. Students are invited to find examples. Chart of GodsThis printable handout details the Greek and Roman gods and goddesses, their spheres of influence, symbols, cities, and animals. Comparison of World MythsThis page outlines similarities and differences in world myths. The Hero's JourneyDetailed resource of the elements of the hero's journey.

35 Pictures That Prove The World Isn’t Such A Bad Place The Epic of Gilgamesh- handouts and materials - Clayton Hig... The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the of first recorded pieces of literature. It recounts the journey of the Sumerian king Gilgamesh, his friend Enkidu, and their adventures and trials. This unit will cover the form of the epic, the story of Gilgamesh and his journey, and companion texts covering the archetype of the flood story from 3 different traditions. Assignment #1 - download the following documents for class on Friday, February 21st - Gilgamesh characters, Hero's Journey Diagram, and Humbaba questions Assignment #2 - group assignment, complete the Hero project due Tues Quiz - Tuesday, Gilgamesh Characters, background notes, The Hero's Journey Readings - Epic of Gilgamesh, 3 Flood narratives Monday - present comparison charts on the flood narratives - Review for Gilgamesh Test Read the article " Storytelling, the Meaning of Life, and The Epic of Gilgamesh" - complete the analysis questions Tuesday - Gilgamesh Test

Hero This EFL lesson is designed around an astonishing short film by Miguel Endara in which he records himself painstakingly creating a portrait of his hero using 3.2 million ink dots. The lesson also looks at the smallest works of art in the world by micro-artist Willard Wigan and the theme of heroes. Students also get the chance to make their own movie with themselves as the hero. Language level: Intermediate (B1) - Advanced (B2.2) Learner type: All ages Time: 90 minutes Activities: Watching short film and video; speculating; describing works of art; listening; answering comprehension questions; making own hero movie Topics: Heroes; micro-art; inspiration Language: Vocabulary related to super heroes; cartoon heroes; film stars etc. Materials: Short film; TED video; pictures of micro-art; PowerPoint; Downloadable materials: Hero lesson plan instructions willard wigan micro-art slides willard wigan comprehension questions Step 1 Do you have any heroes? What do you admire about your hero? Step 2 Step 3