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ELA 2012 G6:M1:U3

Culminating Project: My Hero’s Journey Narrative

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This short unit is the culmination of the study of the hero’s journey in Unit 1 and the elements and themes of mythology in Unit 2. Students write their own “hero’s journey” narrative that follows the stages of the archetypal hero’s journey and contains elements and a theme of classic mythology. Students revisit the informational text “The Hero’s Journey” from Unit 1 and use this in the planning of their own narrative. This serves as scaffolding toward the Final Performance Task.

For the mid-unit assessment, students write an expository paragraph in which they explain the ways in which their narrative follows the archetype. Students then engage in a series of writer’s craft lessons around narrative writing as they draft their narratives. As an end of unit assessment, students write their best independent drafts of their “My Hero’s Journey” narrative before they revise and publish it.

Big Ideas & Guiding Questions

  • What is the hero’s journey?
  • What makes a myth?
  • The hero’s journey is an archetypal storyline used over the course of centuries. 
  • Myths contain specific elements and have significant themes that can be used in my own writing.

Content Connections

This module is designed to address English Language Arts standards and to be taught during the literacy block of the school day. However, the module intentionally incorporates Social Studies and Science content that may align to additional teaching during other parts of the day. These intentional connections are described below.

Unit-at-a-Glance

Each unit is made up of a sequence of between 5-20 lessons. The “unit at a glance” chart in the curriculum map breaks down each unit into its lessons, to show how the curriculum is organized in terms of standards address, supporting targets, ongoing assessment, and protocols. It also indicates which lessons include the mid-unit and end-of-unit assessments.

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text Quantity ISBNs
The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan
one per student
ISBN: 978-0786838653, 0786838655
D'Aurailes Book of Greek Myths
by ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire
Teacher copy only
ISBN: 978- 0440406945, 0440406943

Optional: Community, Experts, Fieldwork, Service, and Extensions

Experts
If possible, invite a local author in to share their experience of writing narratives, and the importance of planning, drafting, revision, and imagination.

Fieldwork
Take students to see a narrative on stage. Have students plot this narrative on a narrative arc to connect it to their learning. 

Service
Have students run a narrative-based book drive in which they collect gently used books to donate to a local charity. 

Extensions

  • With an art teacher, coordinate a series of lessons in which students create beautiful illustrations to accompany their hero’s journey narrative. 
  • With a drama teacher, students can plan a scene from their hero’s journey narrative which they act out for other students and families.

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