Compressed Zip File
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading and/or purchasing.
"The first and most important lesson I learned from Barack Obama is that a speech shouldn’t be a collection of applause lines or sound bytes or sick burns, and it shouldn’t be a laundry list of policies or an exercise in name-checking interest groups. A speech should be a story. It should have a beginning, middle, and end. It should have heroes. The heroes should face obstacles and villains which they develop a plan to overcome. And it should end with a rousing exhortation that points the way towards a resolution."
-John Favreau, Presidential Speech Writer.
A great speech is a story. A truly engaging speech doesn't just list facts; it follows narrative structure. TED speaker Nacy Duarte uses Campbell's monomythic structure in her book, Resonate. This is an idea that I strive to instill in my public speaking students every year, and one of the ways I do that is through this project.
But this project isn't just for public speaking classes. The Hero's Journey is a concept that ties together stories throughout time and around the world. It's not a one-and-done lesson. In an ELA classroom, asking students to construct their own creative narratives can be a great way to reinforce the monomyth.
⚡This project begins with a presentation. This is a Google Slides presentation made available through a link in a downloadable PDF. The 32- slide presentation follows the 17 stages as outlined by Campbell and alludes to further areas of study for those interested in further contributions to Campell's work.
⚡Next students watch a movie (I recommend Stardust, but any monomythic story will do) and fill out a graphic organizer provided in PDF format.
⚡Once students have a clear understanding of the monomyth, they split into pairs and receive the provided PDF assignment sheetand planning worksheet.
⚡Students will spend time in class and perhaps outside planning their presentations. A presentation rubric is provided in PDF format.