In exploring heroes, we deepen our understanding of ourselves.
Through focusing on Fiction and Non fiction texts, students are deepening their understandings of Heroes. This includes traits of heroes and the impacts heroes have on us.
What is a Hero?
A hero is anyone who can and does make a difference in their communities.
A hero chooses to help the community.
A hero is open to the differences between community members and is willing to listen to other ideas.
A hero is a positive role model for others in the community.
A hero does the right thing.
Examples of Heroes
Batman and Superman - Batman has no superpowers, but chooses to help the community.
Examples of well-known heroes
Martin Luther King, Jr. (he promoted noble ideas and actions, stood up to opponents, worked to do the right thing)
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony (stood up to men for women's rights, though few other women were doing so and there were many restrictions on women)
Students fold a piece of letter-size paper into four squares. For the first square, have them draw, write or represent their favorite superhero. For the second, have them represent their favorite well-known hero, like Mother Teresa. For the third, have them represent their favorite community hero, like a teacher or firefighter. For the last, have them draw or write about themselves. For all the squares, students include reasons why the people/others they have chosen are their favorites, and why they are a hero.
Books Available in the Library
The Children's book of heroes: William J Bennett: 808.8BEN
Real heroes Don't Wear Capes: Laura Driscoll: E DRI
Greek Gods and Heroes: Robert Graves: 292.08 GRA
Max: Bob Graham: E GRA
Captain Underpants series: Dav Pilkey FIC PIL
A Picture Book of Rosa Parks: David Adler
A Picture book of Harriet Tubman: David Adler
Who Was Series? - Including Albert Einstein, Amelia Earhart, Anne Frank, The Beatles, Ben Franklin, Charles Darwin, Elvis Presley, John F Kennedy, Leonardo da Vinci, Marco Polo, Mark Twain, Queen Elizabeth, Barack Obama and many more.
Check out some HERO POEMS.