World Without Heroes (ELA)



Students will analyze heroes as a way to teach character analysis in literature and as a means to develop their own character in creative writing and computer animation classes.

By removing heroes from a story, students will identify how the story evolves without the hero and more importantly "where," "when," "why" and "how" the story changes. This will provide the students with a dramatic and clear picture of what the character brings to the story. This will lead to the discovery of the role(s) and characteristics heroes (characters) play in plot evolution as well as how characterization reveal the author's attitude about the theme (ie social commentary).

This lesson will further prepare students for literary analysis and response, character development for short stories, and animated characters in technology and media classes.

Days: 2

The last super hero no more - hook
5 Minutes
Defining hero
5 Minutes
Introducing the types of heroes
10 Minutes
Introduce adjectives used to describe heroes
7 Minutes
Adjectives used to describe heroes - group
20 Minutes
Homework Day 1 Review
3 Minutes
What adjectives should be used to describe a hero? - group
10 Minutes
Character's back story
30 Minutes
Assessment: Characterization Quiz
30 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Information and Communication Technologies Information and Communication Technologies
    • Software and Systems Development
    • Information Support and Services
    • Networking
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
    • Design, Visual, and Media Arts
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...)

  • Develop a working definition of hero
  • Identify different types of heroes
  • Describe and categorize heroes using adjectives
  • Identify hero behaviors and analyze the motivations behind those behaviors
  • Cite evidence to support character motivations and behaviors

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