After viewing the hero indicators located in Matthew Winkler's TedEd video: What Makes a Hero?, students will follow the provided example to write about a time where they themselves were a hero. Students will focus on something that has happened to them in real life, whether it be trying out for a sport, auditioning for a musical, or even asking a boy or girl on a date. Whatever the situation, students will use the hero indicators to prove that they possess these indicators/traits as well. The product comes with detailed instructions and a detailed example students can follow for help. Students will learn that they don't have to necessarily slay dragons and go off to Mars and fight martians.
I usually present this lesson after reading "The Monster in the Maze" during the mythology unit. We analyze how Theseus is a hero using the indicators provided by the video and then I ask students to come up with their own example. While this product fits perfectly with mythology, it can be presented in a variety of different units and lessons because almost every novel, short story, etc has a hero with the same indicators as the heroes in mythology possess.Not only can this lesson be taught at any point in time, it also connects to the students' real lives and forces students to relate to the content they are learning about.
If you are not familiar with the hero indicators, please consider viewing the video on YouTube before purchasing this product. Then, download the preview to get a better understanding of the assignment.
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