Lesson Plan for Studying Media’s Changing Perception of Heroes

Curriculum: “Multi-Media Hero Analysis: How Perceptions of a ‘Hero’ Change”
From ArtsEdge, the Kennedy Center

From Lesson Plan Summary:

In a world with few real heroes, students will recognize the positive character traits of heroes as depicted in music, art and literature. All cultures and societies have produced folk, military, religious, political, and artistic heroes. In this lesson, the class will break into groups and write a working definition of a hero which they will present to the class. Students will discuss multi-media representations of heroes as well as cultural differences among who is considered a hero. The teacher will provide various works of art depicting heroes, and the students will choose one hero to research for an essay.

Click here to access the full lesson plan at the ArtsEdge website.

Check out other powerful hero resources at TheHeroPlace, including Hero Wisdom (such as that of script-writing coach Skip Press) and Hero Organizations (such as the Gallery of Heroes) as well as other Hero Tools (such as StoryCraft Hero-Story Writing Software). Also, search or submit to hero databases (such as hero-story databases) from around the Internet in the Your Heroes section of TheHeroPlace.

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Graphics of Heroine Journeys

From: http://www.frankelassociates.com/calithwain/Heroine.htm
By: Valerie Frankel, author of Buffy and the Heroine’s Journey: Vampire Slayer as Feminine Chosen One and Girl to Goddess: The Heroine’s Journey through Myth and Legend, 2012

And this graphic by Valerie Frankel details Female Archetypes:


From: https://runningfather.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/transpersonal-tidbits-the-heros-journey-summary-of-the-steps/


Masculine/Feminine
From: https://hunterswritings.com/2015/10/26/the-heroines-journey-narrative-structure/
originally from Maureen Murdock, Mythcreants


Virgin’s Promise, handwritten, inward spiral
By: Christopher Husberg, incorporating Dan Harmon’s story structure
From: https://hunterswritings.com/2015/10/26/the-heroines-journey-narrative-structure/


By: Victoria Schmidt (drawn by Katie Paul)
From: https://hunterswritings.com/2015/10/26/the-heroines-journey-narrative-structure/


From: https://hunterswritings.com/2015/10/26/the-heroines-journey-narrative-structure/


Heroine’s Journey depicted with 13-hour clock starting at bottom, sub-divided in 4 acts
Drawn by artist Ookami Kasumi
From: https://hunterswritings.com/2015/10/26/the-heroines-journey-narrative-structure/


Square depiction of the circular heroine’s journey and hero’s journey
From: http://www.questcycles.com/heroineexpl.html
and https://hunterswritings.com/2015/10/26/the-heroines-journey-narrative-structure/


Check out other powerful hero resources at TheHeroPlace, including Hero Wisdom (such as that of script-writing coach Skip Press) and Hero Organizations (such as the Gallery of Heroes) as well as other Hero Tools (such as StoryCraft Hero-Story Writing Software). Also, search or submit to hero databases (such as hero-story databases) from around the Internet in the Your Heroes section of TheHeroPlace.

Help us maintain, improve, and expand this and other posts in TheHeroPlace.  Contact us today to add to our unique resource for “All Things Hero!”