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This product would be ideal as a prereading activity for any epic hero work such as Beowulf or The Odyssey. This product contains a PowerPoint mapping out the characteristics and journey of an epic hero, a corresponding graphic organizer for students to take notes, a graphic of epic hero movies (found online), and a handout to document the Elements of the Epic Hero Cycle (found online).
This PowerPoint utilizes modern epic heroes (Frodo, Harry Potter, Luke Skywalker, Dorothy from Wizard of Oz) to teach students about the epic hero. After students finish the PowerPoint, as a class, we fill out the Elements of the Epic Hero Cycle using the plot of Finding Dory (I have found most of my students have seen this movie, so it is a perfect example.) Then I have students separate into small groups and complete the same handout (Elements of the Epic Hero Cycle) with their partners using an epic hero of their choice. (During the completion of this assignment, I have slide 3 of the PowerPoint, which contains 8 epic heroes from various movies, showing on the screen to assist them in choosing an epic hero to map out.)