Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Hero's Journey Archetype

The internet is an amazing resource for resourceful teachers!

This week I introduced the Hero's Journey Archetype. This is a lesson I taught last year using materials from Engage NY. But this year, I chose to deliver the content to my students using a Hero's Journey Hyperdoc created by Heather Marshall. If you haven't seen her work yet, head over to to her website and check it out all the resources and lessons she shares.

The lesson began with the students watching a video of heroes from many movies and cartoons played to the song, "Holding on for a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler. It was a lot of fun and it gave the students a chance to think about the lyrics to the song, what Ms. Tyler's definition of a hero is, and how their own definitions are similar or different from hers. Here was the students' thinking after watching the video. 

Next, we discussed the Hero's Journey archetype Joseph Campbell wrote about in his book, "Hero with a Thousand Faces", and how the same characteristics show up time and again in myths, stories and legends about heroes, including in movies, and the book we are reading, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Students viewed a variety of text and video resources to help them understand the 12 stages.

To show what they know, the students were assigned to watch a movie that follows the structure of the Hero's Journey, fill in a graphic organizer, and report back to their groups on Monday. It was a fun lesson and way more engaging for my students than simply reading a handout!

To see a view only copy of the Hero's Journey Hyperdoc I used in my class, CLICK HERE. Let me know if you use it, or have any other great ideas or resources for teaching Hero's Journey.

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