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.

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