background preloader
“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. In his lifelong research Campbell discovered many common patterns running through hero myths and stories from around the world. 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. 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.

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. Multi-Media Hero Analysis Overview Key Staff The lesson can be taught by the English teacher and could be supported by the art teacher. 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.

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. 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.

Lessons from a Demigod The Epic of Gilgamesh has been read in the modern world for a little longer than a century, and, in that time, this oldest of stories has become a classic college text. In my own courses on ancient literature and mythology, it is the book I always begin with. But why should a tale whose origins stretch back more than four thousand years draw such attention in an age of genetic engineering and text messaging? The Monomyth Cycle The general pattern of adventures that mythological heroes encounter during their quests. It's a cyclical pattern inspired in part by the ancient ouroborus symbol (a snake eating its own tale) representing the cyclical pattern of nature, as well as the necessity of life living off other life. Mythologist Joseph Campbell broke this pattern down into three basic stages (separation, initiation, and return), and then each stage into several sub-stages: Separation call to adventure refusal of the call supernatural aid theshold crossing belly of the whale Initiation road of trials meeting with the goddess woman as temptress apotheosis ultimate boon