Hero's Journey Movie Pitch Project

Hero's Journey Movie Pitch Project
Hero's Journey Movie Pitch Project
Hero's Journey Movie Pitch Project
Hero's Journey Movie Pitch Project
Hero's Journey Movie Pitch Project
Hero's Journey Movie Pitch Project
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"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.

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3 Weeks
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