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Epic Hero

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map
  • Character Map
  • Poster

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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 Epic Hero

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Epic Hero

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Originally, an epic was told in poetry form. Ancient epics include The Iliad, The Odyssey, The Aeneid, The Divine Comedy, and Paradise Lost. Today, an epic does not have to be written in the form of a poem. A modern-day epic is any long film or book that tells the story of an epic hero who has superhuman qualities and experiences supernatural adventures over a vast period of time and space. Examples of modern-day epics include: Star Wars, Harry Potter, and The Lord of the Rings.

Opening Discussion

There are seven characteristics of every epic hero:

  1. Noble birth: Heroes are royalty, nobleman, or in another position of prestige.
  2. Strength and courage: Heroes accomplish more than what any normal person could.
  3. Great warriors: Heroes have achieved glory in the battlefield.
  4. Traveler: Heroes travel over vast distances.
  5. National fame: Heroes are celebrated or loved by their country.
  6. Humility: Heroes remain humble and true to their cause, despite fame.
  7. Supernatural enemies and allies: Heroes have supernatural foes, obstacles, and supporters.
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Character Traits of Epic Heroes

    Complete after opening discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Identify Epic Heroes

    Complete after class discussion

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  • Make a Character Map
    Create Your Own Epic Hero

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

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

  • Extension / Modification
    Storyboard (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Storyboard that summarizes the seven characteristics of a modern day epic hero from literature or film.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • What modern day characters would you consider to be epic heroes?
  • What do you think makes epic heroes so popular in literature in film?
  • In what ways are epic heroes relatable even though they have supernatural strength, courage, enemies, and allies?
  • How might the lives of epic heroes be an allegory for real life conflicts and achievements? Cite specific examples.
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Pixton Activity: Epic Hero 1 Character Traits of Epic Heroes

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

There are seven characteristics of every epic hero:

  1. Noble birth: Heroes are royalty, nobleman, or in another position of prestige.
  2. Strength and courage: Heroes accomplish more than what any normal person could.
  3. Great warriors: Heroes have achieved glory in the battlefield.
  4. Traveler: Heroes travel over vast distances.
  5. National fame: Heroes are celebrated or loved by their country.
  6. Humility: Heroes remain humble and true to their cause, despite fame.
  7. Supernatural enemies and allies: Heroes have supernatural foes, obstacles, and supporters.

Instructions

Create a 7 panel Mind Map or Storyboard that summarizes the seven characteristics of an epic 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: Epic Hero 2 Identify Epic Heroes

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

There are seven characteristics of every epic hero:

  1. Noble birth: Heroes are royalty, nobleman, or in another position of prestige.
  2. Strength and courage: Heroes accomplish more than what any normal person could.
  3. Great warriors: Heroes have achieved glory in the battlefield.
  4. Traveler: Heroes travel over vast distances.
  5. National fame: Heroes are celebrated or loved by their country.
  6. Humility: Heroes remain humble and true to their cause, despite fame.
  7. Supernatural enemies and allies: Heroes have supernatural foes, obstacles, and supporters.

Instructions

Create a 7 panel Mind Map or Storyboard that summarizes the seven characteristics of an epic hero from literature or film:

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

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Epic Hero 3 Create Your Own Epic Hero

Featured Layouts

  • Character Map

Intro

There are seven characteristics of every epic hero:

  1. Noble birth: Heroes are royalty, nobleman, or in another position of prestige.
  2. Strength and courage: Heroes accomplish more than what any normal person could.
  3. Great warriors: Heroes have achieved glory in the battlefield.
  4. Traveler: Heroes travel over vast distances.
  5. National fame: Heroes are celebrated or loved by their country.
  6. Humility: Heroes remain humble and true to their cause, despite fame.
  7. Supernatural enemies and allies: Heroes have supernatural foes, obstacles, and supporters.

Instructions

Create a Character Map to illustrate your own epic 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 epic character traits.
  • Reference all seven epic character traits.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Create Your Own Epic 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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