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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


National Council of Teachers of English


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July 24, 2013

Thanks John Paul Walter for this comprehensive lesson. I am teaching Beowulf in the fall and will definitely use some of this. Thanks again.


Noeline Terere

March 22, 2011

Kia ora from Aotearoa New Zealand
Thanks for the great unit on villian and heroes. This has made me excited about my topic pertaining to the history of Maori. I am also going to ask students to make a villian or a hero and to present it.
Thanks heaps for the tips.
Ka mau te wehi - Awesome!!



March 09, 2011

I appreciate you posting this. I'm a frequent visitor to this website and I appreciate what I found here. I'm preparing for the Greek mythology unit and I believe I just found a great introduction to my unit. Big thank you to you and all those who have posted lessons here.



February 15, 2011

I'm starting a unit on an adapted play based on the Greek Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, so it's a great introduction to the unit - thanks a bunch!


Jean Canale

September 06, 2010

Hello --

I am homeschooling my high school aged daughter and researching ways to teach the philosophy of Joseph Campbell and his study of myth. I was so excited to discover this lesson plan as I was getting overwhelmed with trying to plan my own curriculum. Thanks so much! This looks great and I'm really looking forward to studying this my daughter and two friends.

J Canale



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