What do Harry Potter, Frodo, and Katniss Everdeen all have in common? All of their stories (and so many others) fit the classic storytelling pattern of a heroic journey, as established by famed scholar Joseph Campbell.
Using many of the steps of the heroic journey as chronicled by Campbell, this full-hour lecture or flipped lesson will allow you to share a dynamic multimedia presentation with your students. They will be on the edge of their seats as the stories they love (from The Matrix to Star Wars to Finding Nemo) are connected with elements of the Ancient Greek storytelling tradition.
This high-interest lecture is a 78-slide Prezi that also features numerous embedded video clips. If your computer can view a video on YouTube, you'll be able to view this file. This is great for a full-class period lecture, but could also be used in a flipped English classroom. Have students view the Prezi at home and then work in teams in class to connect the steps to an own assigned film title.
Having trouble downloading/viewing the large compressed file? Just click here to see the show:
Click to view The Hero's Journey Presentation
Don't forget to click on the slides with video clips (Harry Potter, Matrix, Lord of Rings, and Wizard of Oz) for maximum fun. Also, use the "fullscreen" option in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen and you'll be able to project the presentation to your class. Enjoy!
Want to turn this presentation into a speech assignment for your class? Click HERE for The Hero's Journey at the Movies!
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