the hero`s journey

5-7 minutes
1. Make the longest word possible using the
letters in the box. You can only connect letters
vertically, horizontally, or diagonally.
2. Can only use ONE letter ONCE.
Quote of The Week—Warm-Up
“A man thinks by mouthing hard words he
knows hard things.”—Herman Melville.
Explain the meaning of Melville’s words. How is
this quote relevant to our lives today?
Warm-up: copy binder sections down
Binder Set-Up:
I. Warm-Ups
II. Class notes and assignments
III. Vocabulary
IV. Graduation Project
The Hero’s Journey
Quickwrite: What makes a hero to
Movie Clip
• What made Braveheart a hero in this clip?
• List five qualities you saw.
• Share list with partner and prepare to discuss
with class.
Epic Hero
• An epic hero is figure from a
history or legend, usually favored
by or even partially descended
from deities.
• The hero participates in a cyclical
journey or quest, faces
adversaries that try to defeat him
in his journey, gathers allies along
his journey, and returns home
significantly transformed by his
• The epic hero illustrates traits,
performs deeds, and exemplifies
certain morals that are valued by
the society.
• The ideal human.
The Hero’s Journey
• Monomyth, also
referred to as the hero's
journey, refers to a
basic pattern found in
many narratives from
around the world.
• This pattern was
described by Campbell
in The Hero with a
Thousand Faces (1949).
Heroic Steps
Birth—hero usually has fabulous circumstances
around his birth that establishes his pedigree.
Call to adventure—hero is summoned to a
quest by an external event or influence.
Helpers/amulet—hero receives help in the
beginning of his quest. The helper usually gives
the hero a protective amulet or weapon.
Crossing over—the hero must leave the natural
world and embark on his journey. A common
setting is entering a forest.
Tests-the hero undergoes a series of tests that
assess and proves his ability.
Flight—the hero must flee to safety after
battling the opponent.
Return—the hero must enter the natural world
again. This is marked by: an awakening, rebirth,
resurrection, or a simple
emergence from a cave or forest.
Home—the hero arrives home with the power
to bestow boons (favors) on his countrymen.
Epic Heroes
Small Groups/Pairs
• Brainstorm a hero from literature or fiction
(comics, movies, cartoons…) and list out the
following deeds for each of these traits:
I. Bravery
II. Honorable
III. Noble (privileged) birth
IV. Inherently good
• An epic is a long narrative poem that
celebrates a hero’s deeds.
• Earliest known epics were passed down orally
and performed by scopes or bards (oral
• Repetition of certain words, phrases, or even
Repeated Elements in Epics
• Stock epithets—adjectives that identify special
traits of people or things. Example: “swiftfooted” used to describe Achilles in the Iliad.
• Kennings—poetic synonyms found in Germanic
poems, such as Beowulf. It is a descriptive phrase
or compound word that substitutes for a noun.
Example: “the Almighty enemy” and “sin-stained
demon” are used to replace Grendel’s name.
Epic Conventions
• Setting—vast in scope.
• Plot—involves supernatural beings and a
dangerous journey.
• Dialogue—long formal speeches delivered by
major characters.
• Theme—Reflects timeless values (honor,
courage…) and universal ideas (good, evil…)
• Style—formal diction (writer’s choice of words
and sentence structure) and a serious tone.
Literary Terms
Alliteration: repetition of consonant sounds at
the beginning of words.
So mankind’s enemy continued his crimes.
Caesura: a pause dividing each line, with each
part having two accented syllables to help
maintain the rhythm of the lines.
He took what he wanted, // all the treasures
The Epic
• Read pages 38-39 in textbook.
• As you read, complete “The Epic” handout
and the “Literary Analysis” handout.
• If you do NOT FINISH—this becomes your
homework. You may work with a partner.
Hero’s Journey:
Using what you know about the hero’s
journey, map out your hero’s journey.
Extended Response
• Underneath your map, write two paragraphs
explaining how your hero would fit the
archetype of an epic hero. Make sure you
include your characteristics from the previous
Product Idea
What is your product?
Why are you proposing this as your product?
How does it connect to your research?
How will it help the community?
• Define words on list. You may use your cell
phones to complete this assignment.
• Write sentences.

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