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Preparing for the Journey: An Introduction to the Hero Myth

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Preparing for the Journey: An Introduction to the Hero Myth

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Scott Filkins

Scott Filkins

Champaign, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives




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Hero’s Journey

Grades   6 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Inquiry & Analysis

Hero’s Journey

Students can use this tool to learn about the elements of the hero's journey, analyze a text that follows the hero's journey pattern, or start creating a hero story of their own.


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  • Though this lesson can stand alone as a basic introduction to the hero's journey, it is designed as preparation for reading or viewing a more substantial work. Select the hero's journey text that students will eventually read or view and keep it in mind as students complete this introductory activity.

  • Obtain copies of books from the Introducing the Hero's Journey through Picture Books list.

  • Test The Hero's Journey tool and familiarize yourself with its content and layout. Ensure that you have the proper Flash plug-ins installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

  • Bookmark The Hero's Journey tool and reserve computers for student use in the necessary sessions.

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