This "Heroes Persuasive Essay Lesson" supports the AP/IB theme of Personal and Public Identities with a focus on heroes and historic personalities. The lesson contains Teaching Notes via a PowerPoint presentation to facilitate the implementation of the lesson. It gives background information regarding heroes and instructions on how to write an essay. The lesson itself is a handout to be copied for each student. The handout also has the grading rubric attached at the bottom. The next page contains a list of heroes and historic personalities from which the students can choose.