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Classical Hero

Pixton Lesson Plan on Classical Hero

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This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings character development to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings character development to life with comics and storyboards.
Pixton Lesson Plan on Classical Hero

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Teacher Guide

Classical Hero

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

The most common type of hero is the classical hero. This protagonist is almost too perfect, displaying tremendous courage and achieving unbelievable feats. While they may have one flaw, they overcome it with ease, and generally follow strong values and codes of behavior. They are an average person without any superhuman powers, but they have one special gift or quality that distinguishes them as special from other ordinary people. Examples include the heroes in Braveheart, Gladiator, The Outsiders, and The Hunger Games.

Opening Discussion

Introduce the traits of a classical hero:

  1. Humble Beginnings: The hero has an ordinary or even impoverished childhood.
  2. Foreshadowed Greatness: The narrator or characters in the story foreshadow the hero's greatness long before it is achieved.
  3. One Strength: The hero has no supernatural abilities and is an "ordinary" person other than one important strength.
  4. Emotional Motivation: The hero must overcome an emotional hardship, or an emotional issue motivates him to act heroically.
  5. Battle of Pride: The hero must overcome his pride before contributing his ultimate heroic act.
  6. Sacrifice or Death: The hero sacrifices himself for the greater good of mankind.
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Define a Classical Hero

    Complete after opening discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Identify a Classical Hero

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Make a Character Map
    Create Your Own Classical Hero

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Storyboard (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Storyboard that summarizes the six characteristics of a classical hero from an animated film or children's book.

  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a presidential campaign Poster for a classical hero. Include strengths, accomplishments, and a head shot.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • What makes the classical hero relatable? Cite specific evidence.
  • What modern stories or movies feature classical heroes?
  • Why do you think it is important for the classical hero to be motivated by an emotional issue or hardship?
  • Why is it necessary to overcome personal pride before it is possible to contribute to the greater good?
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Pixton Activity: Classical Hero 1 Define a Classical Hero

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  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the six traits of a classical hero:

  1. Humble Beginnings: The hero has an ordinary or even impoverished childhood.
  2. Foreshadowed Greatness: The narrator or characters in the story foreshadow the hero's greatness long before it is achieved.
  3. One Strength: The hero has no supernatural abilities and is an "ordinary" person other than one important strength.
  4. Emotional Motivation: The hero must overcome an emotional hardship, or an emotional issue motivates him to act heroically.
  5. Battle of Pride: The hero must overcome his pride before contributing his ultimate heroic act.
  6. Sacrifice or Death: The hero sacrifices himself for the greater good of mankind.

Instructions

Create a six-panel Mind Map or Storyboard that summarizes the six characteristics of a classical hero:

  • Identify the characteristic in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of the characteristic.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Classical Hero 2 Identify a Classical Hero

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  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the six traits of a classical hero:

  1. Humble Beginnings: The hero has an ordinary or even impoverished childhood.
  2. Foreshadowed Greatness: The narrator or characters in the story foreshadow the hero's greatness long before it is achieved.
  3. One Strength: The hero has no supernatural abilities and is an "ordinary" person other than one important strength.
  4. Emotional Motivation: The hero must overcome an emotional hardship, or an emotional issue motivates him to act heroically.
  5. Battle of Pride: The hero must overcome his pride before contributing his ultimate heroic act.
  6. Sacrifice or Death: The hero sacrifices himself for the greater good of mankind.

Instructions

Create a six-panel Mind Map or Storyboard that summarizes the six characteristics of a classical hero from literature or film:

  • Identify the characteristic in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of each of the classical hero's characteristics.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Classical Hero 3 Create Your Own Classical Hero

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  • Character Map

Intro

Review the six traits of a classical hero:

  1. Humble Beginnings: The hero has an ordinary or even impoverished childhood.
  2. Foreshadowed Greatness: The narrator or characters in the story foreshadow the hero's greatness long before it is achieved.
  3. One Strength: The hero has no supernatural abilities and is an "ordinary" person other than one important strength.
  4. Emotional Motivation: The hero must overcome an emotional hardship, or an emotional issue motivates him to act heroically.
  5. Battle of Pride: The hero must overcome his pride before contributing his ultimate heroic act.
  6. Sacrifice or Death: The hero sacrifices himself for the greater good of mankind.

Instructions

Create a Character Map to illustrate your own classical hero:

  • It's important to add as many details as you can to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration.
  • Create personality traits, relationships and quotes that illustrate classical character traits.
  • Reference all six classical character traits.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Create Your Own Classical Hero

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is thoughtful; descriptions are detailed and informative. The character map is fully developed; accurate details and insightful descriptions. The character map is complete; descriptions are simple and settings are accurate. The character map includes basic details, but is not fully developed. The character map does not accurately reflect the characters.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• characters vaguely looks like description
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

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