Multimedia Heroes Analysis

This lesson uses a story that highlights a hero, such as a Greek myth, and has students compare literary heroes with those in art.  This lesson contains all needed resources or links to needed resources, including art.  This lesson also includes a research aspect in which students choose a hero depicted in art for a short research essay.  This lesson can be used with any literature in which understanding a hero's role in the story is a focused skill. Students work in collaborative groups to brainstorm heroes and then compare heroes in literature to those depicted in art. In turn, students are analyzing heroes in literature, art, and history. They can also work on research skills if the teacher uses the research aspect of the lesson. 

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
CLE 3001.4.1
Define and narrow a problem or research topic.
CLE 3001.8.4
Analyze works of literature for what is suggested about the historical period in which they were written.
CLE 3002.4.1
Define and narrow a problem or research topic.
CLE 3002.8.4
Analyze works of literature for what is suggested about the historical period in which they were written.
CLE 3003.4.1
Define and narrow a problem or research topic.
CLE 3003.8.4
Analyze works of American literature for what is suggested about the historical period in which they were written.
 
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Learning objectives: 

Students will:

  • Identify characteristics that are common to heroes, and recognize qualities that are exceptional in certain heroes.
  • Recognize heroes from many diverse cultures.
  • Become familiar with the concept of an epic hero and examples of such from different cultures.
  • Discuss how heroes can be any type of person who has accomplished an inspiring action.
  • Work in groups to create a working definition of a hero.
  • Present their findings to the class.
  • Examine works of art, literature and music that depict historical, legendary, or contemporary heroes.
  • Individually select a hero from one of these media to research as the subject of an expository essay topic. Research the style, medium, and time period in which this hero was depicted.

Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Understanding

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