And They All Fall Down: The Rise and Fall of the Modern Day Tragic Hero research project supports the following American Literature and British Literature Literary Themes: Hero's Journey, Hero Archetype, Anti-Hero Archetype, Identity, Self-Identity, and Perception vs Reality.
This research-based task and informational writing assignment requires students to locate relevant facts and write an informational essay on their modern day tragic hero person of choice.
Students will begin forming their own concept of what defines a modern day tragic hero by comparing/contrasting two popular songs relating to heroes.
Students will then choose an example of a real life person who they feel exemplifies a modern day tragic hero in today’s world.
This resource bundle includes access to a Modern Day Tragic Hero Symbaloo Webmix. This ready to use research resource is bookmarked with 52 digital sites – all featuring people from real life who have achieved great success and are gifted with extraordinary talents. Each person has either made a tragic mistake or embodies a weakness that ultimately led to his downfall. Students will use these resources and locate additional information from either print materials or online sites in order to research a modern day hero of their choice.
For their assessment, students will write an informational essay requiring them to synthesize their notes from multiple sources in order to support the claim that the subject of their essay is an example of a modern tragic hero.
This bundle of resources can be edited and adapted if necessary to fit your needs!
The Rise and Fall of the Modern Day Tragic Hero contains the following student and teacher resources:
Detailed Teacher’s Pacing Guide with Directions
Defining a Modern Day Tragic Hero handout with class discussion prompts
Foo Fighter’s song “My Hero” & Skillet’s song “I Need a Hero” audio link, video link, and song lyrics handout
Song Analysis student worksheet w/ teacher’s answer key
Holding Out for a Hero student handout
Narrowing Your Topic research activity and handout
Creating Pre-search Questions and Taking Notes student handout
Research Points to Consider student handout (differentiation for students who may need more assistance in guided note-taking)
Link to Symbaloo Modern Day Tragic Hero webmix that includes 52 digital resources
Cornell adapted Note-Taking Handout
MLA source citation examples for books and digital resources
Source Citation template
Effective Keyword Search Planning Sheet with example
Informational Writing Topic Handout and Requirements
Modern Day Tragic Heroes and Informational Writing Grading Rubric
This research unit is Common Core aligned and designed to be used with the following secondary levels: advanced 7th and 8th grade, 9th grade, 10th grade, 11th grade, and 12th grade and will take 4-6 days to complete.