Your Name: Caitlin HawkinsName of Unit: Heros/Morality
Subject Area: English
Instruction time:50 min
Lesson Summary Description
In this lesson I will be introducing the topic of the “hero” to the class. I will start by asking them
to identify someone they view as a hero in their lives and then coming up with a list of characteristics or ideals that makes someone a hero. We will then compile a list of thesecharacteristics as a class and students will use this to develop another list of heroes from storiesthey know that they think would fit this list of characteristics. We will also discuss the heroescounterpart
see if the villain has opposite attributes as the “hero”. Students
will apply this list to a hero of their choice in a writing assignment that night.
W.9-10.10. Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, andrevision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
RL.9-10.3. Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflictingmotivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advancethe plot or develop the theme.
W.9-10.2.Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas,concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection,organization, and analysis of content.
Enduring Understandings/Essential Question(s)
What makes someone a “hero” or “heroic”?
Can someone be qualified as purely “heroic” or purely “evil”?
During class (C) students (A)
will deconstruct their definition of a “hero”
(B) giving oneexamples of a hero in their life and at least four characteristics they believe make that person a
will be able to analyze the class list of “heroic” attributes and develop
attributes of the “villains” seen in the opposing positions as the “hero” we defined (D).