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.
The Hero Journey Unit Tool (http://englishteachers.wikispaces.com/file/view/Unit+Plan.pdf)
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Includes goals/objectives, timeline, lesson plans with standards and ESOL modifications, compare/contrast writing task, presentation assignment, rubric. Designed to accompany study of Beowulf and The Hobbit , may contain resources adaptible for other units. 45 pages; Adobe Reader required.
From the Rationale of the Unit:
The unit we have chosen to do is a genre unit based on the hero journey. This is a narrative journey originating in Greek mythology. The journey has a recognizable pattern and according to Joseph Campbell, can be seen throughout millennia and cross culture. “In the course of analyzing the myths and lore of various world cultures, mythologist Joseph Campbell saw an underlying similarity throughout the stories, and in fact perceived and articulated a storyline-structure he believed to be universal for hero-myths” (The Monomyth of the Hero). Campbell called this underlying similarity and universal formula for heroes the monomyth. We have chosen to use this genre as the theme of our unit because it is a culturally universal theme, it highlights values and morals, it is a recognizable literary pattern, and it exemplifies personal identity and struggle. This unit would be a four week unit however a teacher could easily modify it to be longer using additional texts if needed or desired.