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Hero’s Journey

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Hero’s Journey

Grades 6 – 12
Interactive Type Inquiry & Analysis
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ABOUT THIS INTERACTIVE  

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The hero's journey is an ancient story pattern that can be found in texts from thousands of years ago or in newly released Hollywood blockbusters. This interactive tool will provide students with background on the hero's journey and give them a chance to explore several of the journey's key elements. Students can use the tool to record examples from a hero's journey they have read or viewed or to plan out a hero's journey of their own.

Lessons That Use This Interactive

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Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Weaving the Old into the New: Pairing The Odyssey with Contemporary Works

After exploring The Odyssey and a contemporary epic, students choose paired characters from the texts, complete a graphic organizer, and place their characters in hypothetical contemporary situations.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Preparing for the Journey: An Introduction to the Hero Myth

Students read a variety of picture books that contain elements of the hero’s journey and use an online interactive tool to analyze the stories.

 

Related Classroom & Professional Development Resources

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Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Fantastic Characters: Analyzing and Creating Superheroes and Villains

Students analyze characterization by creating their own superheroes or super-villains,
complete with related gadgets and settings.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 14

Star Wars creator George Lucas was born in 1944.

Students use the Hero's Journey interactive to describe how Luke Skywalker meets each stage of his journey, and then brainstorm other works that use the formula.

 

Grades   5 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 26

Memorial Day is observed in the United States today.

Observed on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day honors the men and women who died while serving in the United States military. In addition to having celebrations with family and friends, many people visit cemeteries and memorials and place flags on the grave sites of fallen servicemen and women.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 31

J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter celebrate birthdays today.

Students are encouraged to think about why people challenge Harry Potter books, do a Web Quest that allows them to research the issue, and decide whether the books should be banned from the public library.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  January 3

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on this day.

Students compare the film versions of The Lord of the Rings and Tolkien's novels. Students then imagine how a scene in a current novel that they are reading would be filmed.