The Hero who Saved the World...or Something (ELA)



After students learn how to identify character motivations and the behaviors those motivations manifest into, students can connect motivation to behavior in their analysis of characters (learned in previous lesson titled "World without heroes"). This skill is pivotal in literary response; however this skill lends itself well to character development both in creative writing AND in computer animation.

Whether students desire to work for Pixar as an animator or write and code games, they will find more success when the end-user can relate to the characters in the movies and in games. Characters must be "believable." This lesson guides students in developing a believable character.

Note: this is a lab lesson and therefore requires extended time of independent work. For upper classmen in high school this shouldn't be a problem; however for freshmen they will need some movement. If that is the case, ask the students to "stretch" for :30 seconds every time you flip the light switch.

3 Days

Hook: The believable character square
7 Minutes
Lab: Develop a hero
40 Minutes
Demo: Introduce the Origin story
15 Minutes
Hook: Four Corners of Conflict
5 Minutes
Lecture: Characterization and conflict
10 Minutes
Lab: Peer Editing
35 Minutes
Debrief: Peer Edit Conversation
10 Minutes
HW: Final Draft Origin Story Rubric
3 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
    • Design, Visual, and Media Arts
  • Information and Communication Technologies Information and Communication Technologies
    • Software and Systems Development
    • Networking
    • Information Support and Services
K-12 Subjects
  • English-Language Arts
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


California English Common Core Standards (2)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students identify and answer what questions must be answered when developing a character
  • Students understand characterization
  • Students understand plot conflict
  • Students peer edit each other's work
  • Students write a multi-draft origin story utilizing feedback

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