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Heroes Are Made of This: Studying the Character of Heroes

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Heroes Are Made of This: Studying the Character of Heroes

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Six 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

John Paul Walter

John Paul Walter

Washington, Washington DC

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Printouts

Websites

Preparation

 

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY

  • Related readings that focus on strong characters and heroic action

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Literary Elements Map

Grades   6 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Inquiry & Analysis

Literary Elements Map

Students can map out the key literary elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution as prewriting for their own fiction or as analysis of a text by another author in this secondary-level interactive.

 

Venn Diagram, 3 Circles

Grades   6 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram, 3 Circles

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn Diagrams that contain three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.

 

Venn Diagram

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.

 

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PREPARATION

  • Preview lesson and decide which activities you wish to use and how much time you wish to spend. The lesson is designed to be flexible. You may just wish to use a single session, or you may decide to never have your students come together as a whole class to share their results, etc. Adapt the lesson to fit your class.
  • Make copies of the Word Portrait Handout and, if desired, the Reader’s Log for each student.
  • Make an overhead of the Hero Comparison Venn Diagram, if desired. Alternatively, you could draw this diagram on the board or chart paper.
  • Test the Venn Diagram and the Literary Elements Map on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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