Archetypes come in many and varied forms. This powerpoint lists 100 unique archetypes by category in a style that is adaptable for multiple activities and units!
I use this exercise before teaching a unit on short stories. It is also suitable for a unit on poetry or even a novel.
The powerpoint begins with a definition of an archetype and common example. The powerpoint as a whole contains 100 unique slides and has color-coded category dividers.
The presentation can be utilized in many ways:
1. Assign each student one archetype. They must research the archetype and identify a piece or literature or film where this archetype appears, explaining the meaning of that archetype in context. If using this as a Google Slides presentation, students can add their own information and images directly to the slide!
2. Teachers may assign one archetype from each category to students, or for multiple classes, assign one category to each class.
3. Use the presentation throughout the school year, returning at the end of each unit to identify archetypes that appeared in the readings. Then, the completed presentation may be printed out or referenced as a cumulative study guide!
The collaborative nature of this activity allows students to draw on previous knowledge and create an artifact that their peers can learn from. It's a fun way to incorporate either a formative or summative assessment, gauge student knowledge, and create something unique for your class! The students consistently amaze me with their examples and creativity!
As a supplement to this collection of archetypes, you might like The Hero's Journey Worksheet
, which details a popular archetypal plot.
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Romeo and Juliet
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
To Kill a Mockingbird
AP Language and Composition
Much Ado About Nothing