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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


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March 01, 2011

Jesus Christ is a religious figure; Jesus of Nazareth is a historical figure. It would be more appropriate to refer to him as Jesus of Nazareth in a school setting, because it removes the religious implications of calling him Christ.



August 21, 2010

Mythology is highly revered in many cultures as well, and this is simply a way of studying those journeys. It does not diminish Jesus, Harry Potter, Odysseus, or any of the cultures who study/follow those men to look at their travels and accomplishments and trials alongside one another. I do understand your comment, Mrs. Joseph, perhaps from a religious perspective, but from the perspective of an English teacher, I don't think it acknowledges the variety of texts and experiences we should be encouraging students to seek and learn from.


Mrs. Joseph

March 31, 2010

Jesus Christ is an established historical figure. Christ is worshiped & revered by Christians around the globe as the Son of God. Lumping him into this assignment alongside mythical figures (i.e. Harry Potter & Luke Skywalker) is highly offensive.



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