Since we are reading The Lightning Thief, which clearly has Percy Jackson as our hero, I started this section of our unit by asking my students to carousel write about what a Hero is.
Then I used this Ted Talk video from Matt Winkler which does a great explanation and visual for your students.
We watched the video several times and drew the clock picture into our Reader's Notebooks. As we read The Lightning Thief we are identifying which stage our hero, Percy Jackson, is in on his Hero's Journey.
Next we brainstormed a Journey using Harry Potter as a class. As a formative, I broke them into triad groups, had them choose their own stories that follow the Hero's Journey theme and create posters. We looked at Frozen, Despicable Me 2, The Hunger Games, and Iron Man.
I also asked them to present their story as The Hero's Journey. Many of them brought in props. The group that did Frozen was very funny. It was hat day, and one of the girls wore her hat to look like Sven, the moose.
I video taped each groups performance using my IPad, and I'll be using them in the next few months to teach about giving a presentation.
To continue practice with this narrative, I made a graphic organizer for our 25 Book Challenge. My students fill these out with information about books they have read and get a parent signature. Our state requires students to read 25 books in the year. 100 pages is a book. I want to keep this formula fresh in their minds as we work our way through The Lightning Thief. I'll be ending our novel unit with narrative writing where my Smarties will create their own Hero's Journey. If you are interested in this graphic organizer you can get it as a FREEBIE by clicking the picture below. I would love for you to follow me on Bloglovin as well if you are not already doing so, and leave me a comment and let me know a few books you have read lately that follow the path of the Hero's Journey!